Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is ‘optimistic‘ that David McGoldrick will be fit enough to play a part in their upcoming international fixtures.
The Irish take on Georgia in Tbilisi before then travelling to Geneva for a fixture against Switzerland, both of which are UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Prior to that, he had been a regular feature in the Blades line-up, starting four of their first five league games and appearing as a substitute in the other (via Transfermarkt).
It was therefore thought that the 31-year-old would play no part in the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming games, especially after not being officially named in the 24-man squad last week.
However, McCarthy is hopeful that McGoldrick will recover in time to play some part against Georgia and Switzerland and admitted that the striker is back in training.
“Didsy, he’s been on the grass, he’s been training. As I said, I’m far more optimistic about them [McGoldrick & Shane Duffy] being involved,” said McCarthy (via Sheffield Star).
“But, you know, if they don’t come to Tbilisi, they can get a flight to Geneva and we’ll see them there if they’re fit for that game.”
Chris Wilder openly admitted that he and Sheffield United were working hard to get McGoldrick fit for the international break as he wanted to play for his country.
If he does play a part for the Republic of Ireland then it is probably a good thing for the Blades to get him going, providing he is definitely ready to return and is not risking aggravating his injury.
As already mentioned, the former Ipswich Town man has missed four games with his injury and will, therefore, be lacking match sharpness. Given the fact he averages the most shots per game (2, per WhoScored) and wins the most fouls (1.4) over the same period, having him back could be a big boost.
If he can get some game time against either Georgia or Switzerland, it means that he is likely to regain some match fitness and will be in much better shape by the time the Blades play Arsenal in their next Premier League match.
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