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McGoldrick Back With Town
Sunday, 8th Oct 2017 19:02

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Town striker David McGoldrick has returned to the Blues and won’t be involved in Monday’s crucial final World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.

McGoldrick, who has won six Irish caps, was subbed in the second half of Town’s 3-1 home defeat to Bristol City eight days ago with a hamstring injury but was given the all-clear to train with the Ireland squad following a scan.

However, despite being fit the 29-year-old was subsequently left out of the matchday squad for Friday’s 2-0 victory over Moldova in Dublin, in which ex-Town frontman Daryl Murphy scored twice, and has now been released from international duty.

Meanwhile, former Blues left-back Aaron Cresswell made his first competitive appearance for England in this evening’s 1-0 victory in Lithuania.

However, Town won’t receive a windfall with all the top-up clauses in the deal which saw the 27-year-old joined West Ham in the summer of 2014 were linked to his league games for the Hammers - now up to 105 starts and three sub appearances - rather than international matches.

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MaySixth added 19:14 - Oct 8
He must be injured then.

Season over.

TimmyH added 19:19 - Oct 8
Well that was a lot of who-ha over nothing...

RegencyBlue added 20:22 - Oct 8
This doesn't bode well!

Eireannach_gorm added 20:35 - Oct 8
I'm surprised that he is being allowed back to the club unless ( like James McCarthy ) he IS injured.

ArnieM added 21:36 - Oct 8
I said id be amazed if Didsy made 10 games for Town before picking up yet another injury . Seems this is likely to be the case then with him returning home. The player may be the dogs bollox when fit , but he's rarely bloody fit is he!!

12th_Man added 22:29 - Oct 8
Hope He isn't injured

HARRY10 added 00:34 - Oct 9
I think that was why we were allowed to sign him, as with others (Williams, Webster)

Lightningboy added 11:39 - Oct 9
Another day...another injury...

What are players made of these days?

PhilTWTD added 13:03 - Oct 9
I know there's always a bit of paranoia about players going on international duty and picking up injuries, particularly with McGoldrick, perhaps understandably, but there's been no suggestion he's picked up an injury. As per the story, was fit for Friday but was just left out.

Alan_Handsome added 13:30 - Oct 9
Was it not a bit short sighted of the club to not add any bonus payments for Cressy playing for England/x amount of international appearances/World cup place etc? Was it the case that the club didn't rate him to that level? I would have thought it was likely that Cressy (and Tyrone one day) would play for England?

jas0999 added 17:09 - Oct 9
I find it hard to believe he returned for no reason. Surely as good if not better than some of those who remain? Great option from the bench if nothing else.

osborne added 17:14 - Oct 9
I'm wondering if martin o'niell is regretting letting Didz go now that Shane Long has been ruled out of tonight's game. Leaves them a bit short up front maybe

Len_Brennan added 18:24 - Oct 9
Only seeing Phil's post now. I thought it was odd that Didz wasn't in the squad for the Ireland game on Friday & then saw Maguire, who's only just joined Preston, get on. I'd imagine Didz was a bit put out over it, especially with Murph leading the line that night & how good a partnership they've had here. Not to mention his current form and also Long being rubbish.
I think this may well be the end of his international career. To let him leave ahead of a vital game, with so many other experienced forwards missing is madness, unless there's more to it behind the scenes.

blueboy1981 added 18:32 - Oct 9
........ maybe he's felt yet another 'twinge' - nothing unusual there to be honest.

If only he was a bit more robust ....... !!

19781981twtd added 19:26 - Oct 9
Here we go again mg for the treatment table should never been allowed to go just when we need him to beat the Norfolk scum "just for once"

dirtydingusmagee added 19:49 - Oct 9
I know it all seems a bit odd, but it could be a case of people adding 2+2 and making 5. No mention of injury, in report. Lets just hope he is ok and fit to resume for us .

hollywoodginge added 20:07 - Oct 9
His partner has just given birth and if you recall she was unwell subsequently, if he was not likely to feature, then it makes sense for all parties to release him. Remember there is more to life than football and these players are just humans.

Warkys_Tash added 21:10 - Oct 9
Call down people as Phil said, no mention of injury. Good boost for MacG to meet up with the squad and then come to us fit for the weekend. He gets some extra time with his family, O'Neil just taking the sensible approach and not letting players sit in the stands..

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