After Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed yesterday that injury had ruled Keith Andrews out of the squad for the World Cup games against Sweden and Austria, it has now emerged the midfielder faces a race against time to be fit for the June qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
The player has revealed he will undergo surgery next week on an Achilles heel problem which has proven resistant to all other treatments. A torn thigh muscle meant the Bolton man missed out on last month’s friendly against Poland in Dublin but, even though he’d been making good progress in recovering from that injury, another flare-up has prompted him to go under the knife.
“The operation is pencilled in for Tuesday in London,” he told the Irish Examiner, “and the recovery period is expected to be a minimum of six to eight weeks.
“To be honest, I think I’ll be lucky if I play again this season although if everything goes well, there’s a chance I could be back in time for the game against the Faroes.
“I’ll definitely be hoping for that and I’d also love to be available for the match against England at Wembley but we’ll just have to wait and see how the op and the recovery goes.
“Anyone who knows me knows how proud I am to play for Ireland so I’m really gutted that I’m out for the games against Sweden and Austria. But I’ve been trying to get this Achilles problem sorted out for a long time now and it’s reached the point where it looks like only surgery will see to it.”
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