There is positive news for the Republic of Ireland this afternoon with the news that Shane Duffy appears fit to travel to Georgia tomorrow ahead of Saturday's crucial qualifier with Georgia.
A calf injury sustained in Brighton's League Cup defeat last month had seen the Derry man in a rush against time to make this weekend's game, but having trained with his club squad this morning he took a flight back to Dublin to join the national side's camp.
BREAKING: Mick McCarthy tells FAI TV that Shane Duffy will travel with the squad to Tbilisi ahead of #GEOIRL and will join up with the squad this evening in Dublin
David McGoldrick will miss the Georgia game, but could still feature in Geneva for the #SUIIRLmatch#COYBIG pic.twitter.com/Tiq1VM9HWd
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) October 9, 2019
The side will train tomorrow morning, with Duffy expected to take full part, before flying to Tbilisi shortly afterwards.
Speaking to FAI TV, McCarthy said:
All along he's (Shane Duffy) been pretty confident that he'll be OK. It wasn't as bad as they thought. He's been running all week and he's said that he's trained with the team this morning. So if he's done full training he's fine.
I've been more optimistic about him actually because when he said that he's going to be OK I'd see it happen already with his groin. If he said he'd be OK he'll be OK and, true to his word, he is.
Unfortunately the news isn't as positive for David McGoldrick, though the Irish manager insisted he could still fly out to Switzerland for next Tuesday's game in Geneva.
I spoke to Didzy (David McGoldrick) yesterday and he was still feeling it actually - the groin. I said to him: 'Saturday is going to be far too soon.'
But if he's alright and he turns out and trains over the weekend he might still be an option as a sub.