Saturday 23 February 2019

Randolph upbeat as he declares op a success

Ireland keeper Darren Randolph
Ireland keeper Darren Randolph

Ireland keeper Darren Randolph says he's looking forward to next season after declaring that his recent surgery was a success.

The Bray native missed Ireland's end-of-season friendly programme as he needed an operation on his abdomen, with the surgery taking place in Germany.

That means he will need more time to recover over the summer and will join his Middlesbrough team-mates after their pre-season training camp has started.

For now, though, Randolph is upbeat about his recovery.

"Touch wood, everything went well," said Randolph.

"The next few weeks are a case of resting and recovery now before we start again for pre-season.

"It had been a case of waiting until the end of the season for the surgery.

"I played for several months with the problem, and there were times when it was quite painful, but the most important thing was being able to play in the games and then get it sorted at the end."

He admits that Boro's promotion play-off loss was hard to take, but he's determined to look forward.

"You have to move on, draw on the positives, and come back stronger," he said.

"It's all about looking forward now, and getting ready for the new season."

Colin Doyle stood in for Randolph for the friendly games against France and the USA, but Randolph is expected to reclaim the jersey for the Nations League game with Wales in September.

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