Sunday 17 December 2017

Madden out of squad

Paddy Madden
Paddy Madden

PADDY MADDEN is out of Ireland's squad for the World Cup games against Sweden and Austria after he suffered a training ground knock.

Madden misses out with a knee injury. "Unfortunately Paddy took a knock, which is a nightmare for him because of the international coming up," said Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, who insists that Madden has a future there. Top scorer for Yeovil last season as they won promotion from League One, Madden has struggled this season in the Championship as he has yet to score or play a full 90 minutes.

There was talk locally that Madden could even be on his way out. But boss Johnson, who substituted Madden at half-time in the first game of the season and rebuked the Coolock lad for "ignoring instructions", says the player is staying.

"Paddy's our player, we want him back to his best and we want him to do that here," said Johnson.

Meanwhile the FAI have given Joey O'Brien permission to cry off the squad even though he could feature for West Ham against Stoke today.

"Our medical teams were speaking prior to Joey's withdrawal from the Irish squad. A decision was reached based on Joey's serious knee injury sustained two years ago, and he requires treatment during the international window next week after a patellar tendon flare up. The manager has given his blessing to this as we have sufficient cover on this occasion," said an FAI statement.

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