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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Judge is hoping to get a shot

Alan Judge
Alan Judge

Alan Judge hopes that, after a series of near misses, he still has a contribution to make to Ireland.

The 30-year-old Ipswich Town player says he's puzzled to be labelled as injury prone as he has only had two serious injuries in his career. The first, a leg break while on Ipswich duty in 2016, denied him a seat on the plane to Euro 2016 and also a move to the Premier League.

"I spoke to Martin directly after it and he said, 'Maybe you don't want to hear this but I was going to be pick you.' And that was hard. It was hard to process," says Judge.

"And I'd agreed to sign for a Premier League team three days before it." The Euros, and the move, were off the agenda.

Fast forward to June 2019 and Judge, making his first competitive appearance for Ireland, plays a role in that 1-1 draw in Denmark as Shane Duffy converted his cross, only Judge missed the celebrations as he had broken his wrist in a fall right after he sent the ball in.

"I don't think anyone knew at the time I was injured because we'd just got back into the game. The minute it happened I knew, as I broke my leg and had similar pain."

But Judge has since regained fitness and is keen to play a role for Mick McCarthy's side in the Euro 2020 games.

"I know Mick has always liked me; I get on well with him and was thinking I didn't want to miss that chance. We have three sets of internationals in September October and November.

"You want to be involved, given the chance. I'd like to think I've got the final pass in the final third, to put someone through, or a set-piece."

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