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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Robbie can cast off club woes

DISJOINTED: Robbie Brady. Pic: Sportsfile
DISJOINTED: Robbie Brady. Pic: Sportsfile

Robbie Brady has been backed by his manager to cast off his club troubles and deliver for Ireland in the next two weeks.

Brady has had six full seasons in the Premier League but due to injury and then an inability to get back into the side, his tally of just six league starts for Burnley was his worst return for a campaign.

But Mick McCarthy feels that Brady, who did not play between December 2017 and October 2018 after a broken leg sustained on club duty, will be revived by a spell in the Ireland camp.

"Sometimes when you're not playing for your club, you can't wait to get away and come here as you're going to get a chance to play. I had that for a spell and always when you came here, it was a breath of fresh air. Coming here under big Jack and seeing all the lads, it was great. I used to love it," said McCarthy.

"He's a terrific footballer, he's had a bit of a broken season with his injuries. His talent and ability is well recognised by everybody, by Dychey (Sean Dyche) as well, it's just about keeping him fit.

"It was a real nasty injury but you can see his undoubted talent on the training ground, the things he does and his awareness and eye for a pass and finish. You just want him fit and playing on a regular basis," added McCarthy.

Brady came on as a sub for Matt Doherty in McCarthy's first game in charge, in Gibraltar, and was back in the starting XI for the following game at home to Georgia.

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