December 7, 2019, 16:11

Jeff Hendrick receives positive news in race for fitness

Jeff Hendrick receives positive news in race for fitness

Jeff Hendrick appears to be winning his race to be fit for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off against Denmark.

The Burnley midfielder looked doubtful for Saturday’s first leg in Copenhagen due to a glute issue, but the results of a scan have been positive.

Hendrick joined his Irish team mates at Abbotstown today, but trained alone.

Jeff Hendrick at Ireland training. Pic: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Stephen Ward was also back having sat out yesterday’s session due to a sore knee.

Martin O’Neill’s men are due to fly tomorrow afternoon, and the Irish boss is happy to get the away leg out of the way first.

“There’s obviously a lot of yellow cards flying around and sometimes you think that might be a disadvantage playing away from home first of all.

“Secondly, if the (second-leg) game happened to go into extra-time, the side playing away from home (first) has got a bit of advantage.

“Those things taken into consideration, we’d have taken the second leg at home.”

Source: breakingnews.ie

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