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Sunday 20 October 2019

McGoldrick injury doubt for Ireland

PERFORMANCE: John Egan. Pic: Reuters/Chris Radburn
PERFORMANCE: John Egan. Pic: Reuters/Chris Radburn

Ireland striker David McGoldrick has emerged as a potential injury concern for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed that his forward missed yesterday's 2-0 win at Everton with a hamstring strain.

The injury will also keep him out of Wednesday's League Cup tie against Sunderland and Wilder didn't put a timescale on his return.

McGoldrick has been a key part of Ireland's revival under Mick McCarthy.

Having played for McCarthy at Ipswich Town, the 31-year-old has established himself as the main striker under the new regime and scored a vital equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland just over two weeks ago.

Ireland lead their group by two points heading into the final three games. They face Georgia in Tbilisi on October 12 before travelling to Geneva for the return game against the Swiss four days later.

McGoldrick's Republic of Ireland and club team-mate, defender John Egan, was lapping up the plaudits after his performance at Everton on Saturday.

Egan has adapted superbly to the Premier League after he played a key role in Sheffield United's promotion last season, with his display at Goodison Park drawing plaudits from Sky Sports analyst Charlie Nicholas.

"The Sheffield United back three were immense and at the centre of the back three, Egan was absolutely amazing," declared the former Celtic striker.

"We talk a lot about position sense, seeing danger sensing danger and Egan showed that he had all that and more. You don't need to dive into the situation, just have good awareness.

"The other two defenders are bigger than him, but how he picks up people around him, he sees people running and he is reacting....he was breathtakingly good."

Egan captained Ireland in the 3-1 win against Bulgaria earlier this month and he is emerging as a strong contender to start next month's crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland.

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