Ex-Ireland international Damien Duff has previously claimed that he would relish finishing his career off in the League of Ireland but that dream could now be in jeopardy after Duff suffered ankle and calf injuries while playing for Melbourne City.
Duff injured his ankle injury while playing against Wellington at the weekend and he now awaiting results on a scan after it was revealed he also ruptured a tendon in his calf.
Although Duff still has the quality to perform in a bigger league such as Australia, the 35-year-old has made it no secret in the past that he ultimately wants to return to the League of Ireland, telling the Mirror,
“It’s definitely on my list to play in the League of Ireland,
“But I’m not planning to hang up my boots any time soon. I’ve an awful lot more left in the tank.
“The plan was always to do one year here (in Melbourne) and go home to get the kids started in school there.
“You could say I wish I came here earlier. Life is short and your football career is even shorter.”
Duff’s manager, John van’t Schip spoke of how bad the injury could potentially be,
“Hopefully the injury won’t be too bad, we have to wait and see, but it doesn’t look good.
“He said he felt something snap and then he couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it. That’s not a good sign.”
Duff’s career could now be in jeopardy and the dream of returning to Ireland, and to play his last few years of football in the domestic league are diminishing.
This writer believes he speaks for every Irish football fan when he says get well soon Damien.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena