Shelbourne defender eyeing a rapid return


Kevin Doherty is hoping for a quick return from injury
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Injured Shelbourne centre-back Kevin Doherty said today he is confident he will be back in action for his club before the end of the season.

Doherty’s career has been littered with injuries and he sustained the latest one, a broken rib, when he collided with Bray midfielder Stephen Fox in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at the Carlisle Grounds.

First impressions were that he would be out for the rest of Shelbourne’s title chase, but today the 21 year old was up-beat: "It’s very sore but it could have been worse" he told

"I tend to heal quickly so I’m hoping to be back for one or two games at the end of the season. It’s a frustrating set-back because I’ve been doing alright recently, but I’m keeping the head up because I’ve already had much worse in my career, such as a broken leg," he said.

If Doherty does participate in Shelbourne’s championship run-in, he will have a strong chance of again impressing Ireland Under-21 boss Don Givens, who will at that time be selecting the squad to take to the Toulon International Tournament in France in May.

Doherty has already trained with the Under-21s at Bisham Abbey and said he would love to get more involved.

"It was great to be part of the international set-up again. I played with a lot of the lads for the under 18s but then because of injuries missed on a lot internationally," he said.

"It would be nice to go to Toulon if selected but my priority is still to help Shels with the championship by being available for at least one game before the end of the season."