Saturday 19 January 2019

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IRELAND midfielder Jeff Hendrick is in line for a return to action with his club tomorrow night, handing a Euro 2016 boost to manager Martin O'Neill.

Hendrick has missed the last five games for Derby County after he dislocated his shoulder in a Championship clash with Ipswich Town earlier this month, an injury which also forced him to sit out the international double header against Oman and Georgia.

But the 22-year-old has made good progress in his recovery and Rams boss Steve McClaren hopes that Hendrick will feature in tomorrow's league game. "Jeff might be involved at some stage on Tuesday against Bournemouth," said McClaren

Hendrick was last week named in a provisional 37-man squad by O'Neill for the Euro 2016 games against Gibraltar and Germany but as he prepares to trim that squad down this week the Ireland boss has a number of injury concerns and the return to action of Hendrick would boost his options.

David Meyler sat out the weekend Premier League action with a back complaint while Andy Reid is also sidelined, and Jonathan Walters is a doubt for Stoke City's game against Newcastle United tonight due to a calf strain.

Mick McCarthy has praised the form of his Ipswich Town forwards Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick.

Between them, the duo have scored seven league goals for the Tractor Boys this season and they claimed a goal each in Saturday's 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

"I think they are a good partnership, I am not going to rate them as to where they are as a partnership and we will see at the end of the season how many goals the pair of them have. They are playing well," said McCarthy.

Murphy has re-established himself at international level in recent months, winning his 12th senior cap in the win over Oman earlier this month and he was named in the provisional squad for the Gibraltar/Germany double header.

McGoldrick is eligible for Ireland and has stated his desire to play for the Republic but he is still dealing with the paperwork needed to prove his eligibility.

Meanwhile, former Ireland U21 cap Niall Canavan will be out for three months after he suffered a shoulder injury while on duty with League One side Scunthorpe United.

Canavan won seven U21 caps between 2011 and 2012.

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