FAI will await results of Doyle scan
Soccer:Kevin Doyle will have a scan this evening on a thigh injury that looks likely to prevent him from playing in the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The striker has already been ruled out tomorrow’s Championship game against Blackburn Rovers, while Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes the Wexfordman is unlikely to feature against either Germany on Friday next or the Faroe Islands on the following Tuesday.
“He is definitely out of the Blackburn game,” said Solbakken after Doyle picked up the injury in training this morning. “It looks now he will be out of the international games.”
The FAI have not given up hope on the Wexfordman and will await the results of tonight’s scan before deciding on whether or not to ask him to join up with the squad in Dublin after the weekend.
“The extent of the injury remains to be seen,” said an FAI statement. “Kevin is having a scan later this evening with results expected tomorrow.”
Giovanni Trapattoni has this evening taken the precaution of calling up David Meyler of Sunderland.
The midfielder made his first international start in the 4-1 friendly win over Oman at Craven Cottage last month but was initially omitted from the latest squad. He was also not on the standby list alongside defender Richard Dunne and attacking midfield option Robbie Brady, who also debuted in London, setting up two goals and scoring one.
Solbakken, meanwhile, has confirmed Stephen Hunt will shortly be going under the knife in a bid to solve a long-standing problem in area at the top of his right thigh, close to his hip.
“Hunt will take his operation and will be out for three and a half to four months,” said the Norwegian manager.