Brady: 'I feel almost ready'
Ireland international Robbie Brady says he is "itching" to get back onto the field of play after he took a major step towards recovery from the knee injury which has sidelined him for ten months.
Brady has not played for club or country since he suffered that knee injury in December, and despite making progress over the summer, he was delayed by a series of setbacks.
But the St Kevin's Boys product started a game for Burnley's U23 side yesterday and played 82 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Hull City.
"It was great to get the minutes in. It was a disappointing result in the end but good for myself to get the minutes in," Brady said.
"I'm feel good. I feel almost ready and I'm itching to get back."
He clearly won't be fit for the Clarets' League Cup tie away to Burton Albion tonight and is unlikely to be risked for Burnley's next league game, away to Cardiff City on Saturday.
But the Dubliner will now target the home tie with Huddersfield Town on Saturday week for his proper comeback, a key date for Martin O'Neill as, after such a long absence, Brady would have to prove his fitness for his club before he'd be released for international duty.
Ireland play Denmark and Wales in the Nations League next month.
"It's been a long number of months now but I'm feeling better as the weeks have gone on since I picked up that knock in pre-season," Brady added. "I feel really good so, please God, it's not much longer."
Brady's appearance on the field of play, albeit in a defeat for his club's reserve side, will be welcomed by O'Neill, following confirmation by Everton boss Marco Silva that Seamus Coleman should be fit within a matter of days.
But Ipswich Town are still awaiting on an update on the injury which forced Jon Walters out of action after just seven minutes on Saturday.