Date: 11th November 2016 at 4:15pm
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You could call it being grown up I suppose. After all, there is very little that Mick McCarthy can do about it. International World Cup qualifiers are a necessary evil so there is not much use in complaining about it, now is there?

He said today with a hint of humour that life goes on regardless.

“We`ve just got him fit for the internationals!” he said when referring to the ‘glass man’ McGoldrick. “It`s fabulous to have him back and we all saw the impact he can have last week and good luck to him if he gets a game for the Irish because it is what any professional footballer desires and that is to play for his nation – me included!’ A philosophical interpretation from the gaffer, which I guess is quite positive, all things considered.

The reality of course is that there are real risks involved in playing make or break internationals for your nation. McCarthy is only too aware of the pitfalls but is realistic enough not to condemn his players for wanting to be involved.

Asked whether he thought both Jonny Williams and David McGoldrick should not have been to be called up so soon after long term injuries he was once again pragmatical. “No chance, they`re good players, that`s not going to happen, and anyway, I can`t do a thing about it.’

That much is true but I do admire his respect of the players desires to play for their country because let’s face it, some managers are far less forgiving – especially if things go wrong!

That said, I am quite sure that if all our international players came back with long term injuries he would be cursing under his breath but that is natural and anyway, let’s relax because the chances of this happening are very small indeed.

In fact, it is debatable about how much game time they will get anyway? Berra might be the most involved and then after that who else? McGoldrick twenty minutes and much the same for Jonny Williams, if the Welsh are struggling to create anything.

Tom Lawrence by comparison will do well to get a kick!

The hope is that all will come back to Portman Road fighting fit but the glass men in our squad; namely Williams and McGoldrick are susceptible to major set-backs and this is something that I am quite sure is playing on the managers mind.

On the other hand, if the players return to base, rejuvenated by their nations progress and the part they have played in it, then it obviously bodes well for the club in the long term so let us continue to hope that this is the end outcome.

Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich


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