STEVEN REID hasn’t ruled out a return to international football.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder endured a catalogue of serious injuries which forced him to walk away from the national squad in July in an effort to concentrate on reviving his club career.
But the West Brom star has now revealed he would consider ending that retirement if asked to do so by manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
Reid explained: “I have made the decision (to retire), but I am not ruling it out (a return) for the future.
“I haven’t spoken to the manager since I made the decision, but if there was a desperate need, and a few injuries, then who knows. But until I get the phone call.....”
He continued: “I made the decision for the right reasons, for the good of my body. I don’t regret that for one minute.
“I am feeling good, and I have been fit and available for every game. I feel within myself that I have made the right decision.”
The full Steven Reid interview will be broadcast tonight on Setanta Ireland’s Goalmouth programme at 11pm.
Meanwhile, there was mixed news for two injured Irish internationals this week.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is winning his battle to be fit for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Molineux.
Doyle pulled out of the mid-week Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia with a knee problem. But the former Reading player came through a full training session yesterday with no apparent ill effects.
However, Ipswich defender Darren O’Dea faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing a knee operation. The 23-year-old Celtic loanee sustained the original injury last month when he was on international duty with the Republic. He aggravated it in the warm-up ahead of a recent clash with Leeds, and had surgery in London to cure the problem.
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