Friday 18 January 2019

Brady keen go to end his absence from green

ROBBIE Brady hopes that he can finally put his troubles behind him and get on with the task of catching Martin O'Neill's eye.

The friendly at home to Oman tonight will be the eighth game of O'Neill's reign as Ireland boss, but so far Brady has yet to feature, injury keeping him out of contention until now.

O'Neill was impressed with Brady's role as sub for Hull against Aston Villa last weekend, and his feat in scoring twice in Europe for Hull (even though the club have exited the Europa League) will not have gone unnoticed.

"It was too long of a gap for my liking. I'm delighted to be back and can't wait to get going," said Brady, who won his last cap against Wales 13 months ago.

"It was just numerous things with my hips and groins. When one thing seemed to be getting better, another thing was going. I'd a couple of operations and I feel solid now. I feel as if everything has cleared up. Touch wood, no more problems. I'm just happy to be back and want to put it all behind me now."


Brady is likely to get a run-out against Oman, a case of back to where it all started as he had his debut - and scored - against that nation back in September 2012.

"It will just get us in together. There's a few new lads and we're all just trying to gel. It will be good to get the legs going again against these. We played them last year and they're a good footballing side. It will be a good game. We're just looking forward to getting the work into our legs and getting the squad gelled together for the important one at the weekend.

"I'm ready. I'm looking forward to it. I believe it's a rough place to go but I don't think the lads will be affected by it. I think most of them are looking forward to it. Most of them would rather play in front of a crowd like that," Brady added.

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