Darren Randolph is an injury doubt for the Republic of Ireland’s crucial match against Denmark next month.
Mick McCarthy’s team must beat Denmark at the Aviva Stadium on November 18 to qualify for Euro 2020 and their task appears to have become more difficult. Randolph, who has arguably been Ireland’s best player over the last two years, could be forced to sit out the game.
The goalkeeper played no part in Middlesbrough’s goalless draw with Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night. Randolph missed the Championship match due to a thigh strain and the club are yet to reveal when he will return to action.
“Darren’s got a thigh strain, I’m not sure how long he’ll be (out for),” Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate said in his post-match press conference.
“He might not make the Ireland game, he might not make next week, I don’t know how long he will be, we’ll have to go through the scans in more detail. He was sore coming back from international duty. He played against West Brom and he was sore with it, so he’s had it for a while.”
Randolph has become one of Ireland’s key players since establishing himself as the side’s number one goalkeeper at the end of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign. He has rescued the team on several occasions and kept the score respectable against Switzerland in a 2-0 defeat at the start of October, saving a penalty on the night in Geneva.
If Randolph is not fit in time for the Denmark match, Mick McCarthy may have to call upon Keiren Westwood or Kieran O’Hara or Mark Travers. Westwood, who has 21 caps for Ireland, missed Sheffield Wednesday’s last two games with an ankle injury, so he may also be an injury doubt for the Denmark match.
O’Hara is currently playing for Burton Albion in League One, on loan from Manchester United, and has one cap for Ireland. Mark Travers also has one cap for Ireland and is currently playing for Bournemouth.