Ireland have suffered a blow with the news that Preston striker Sean Maguire is a major doubt ahead of the upcoming games against Switzerland and Bulgaria due to a bizarre injury
Maguire missed Preston’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday due to an eye injury which occurred when he was struck with a football.
The 25-year-old had started the season in good form and is a player McCarthy is quite fond of however it now appears that he may not be fit enough to be involved in the crucial qualifier against Switzerland as well as the friendly against Bulgaria.
Speaking after Preston’s visit to the City Ground on Saturday, manager Alex Neil confirmed that Maguire’s eye injury could be a significant one outlining that he may need two weeks rest before returning to action.
“It’s the most bizarre injury I have seen before,” Neil said.
“It happened on Thursday and the ball has ricocheted and hit him in the eye and it’s caused a bleed in his eye and the pressure is double of that of his other eye. It can be significant so we have to be careful.
“The advice is for him to have two weeks rest because an increase in blood pressure can cause more damage so we will be careful with that.”
The news is certainly a blow for Maguire who would have been hoping to be involved in some capacity ahead of the Aviva double-header.
Maguire has made six appearances for the Boys in Green making his debut against Moldova in October 2017 but is still yet to find the net for his country.
The former Cork City man has been playing primarily on the left wing for Preston this season, scoring once and assisting once in his four games so far.