Republic of Ireland and Ipswich Town forward David McGoldrick has been ruled out for the rest of the 2017/18 season.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy confirmed on Friday that the 30-year-old would require surgery having torn a tendon in his groin during a training session this week:
“I don’t think he’ll be operated on but it will keep him out for about 10 weeks so that’s him finished for the season.
“He’s been a big player for us and the injury situation has been very unfortunate for him and the team.
“We have good physios here and we’ll have him up and running as soon as possible.”
McGoldrick’s Ipswich contract is up at the end of the season, and given the fact that he can’t convnce McCarthy and the Tractor Boys’ board to give him a new one with his on-pitch performances between now and the end of the campaign, it is touch and go as to whether or not he will be at Portman Road next season.
McCarthy, however, who has had to face speculation regarding his own future recently, is a little more optimistic that the former Notthingham Forest man will still be there next year.
“It’s a difficult one when you’re nearing the end of your contract and you’re injured,” said Mick.
“It’s open for both parties so it’s down to Didz and the Club to have a chat and we’ll see what happens.
“He needs to get his injury sorted first and then him and his representatives will see what the situation is.”
McGoldrick has had a mixed season with the Championship side. After an early flurry of goals at the beginning of the season, they subsequently dried up to leave him with six in 22 league appearances.
Internationally, while he has been a regular member of Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squads, his absence, combined with the rise of Scott Hogan, Sean Maguire and Aiden O’Brien could his place in doubt going forward.
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