Eriksen? We have faced much better
JEFF HENDRICK is fit and ready to face Denmark tomorrow.
And he insists Ireland won’t be running scared of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
The Burnley midfielder had been dogged by a glute injury since coming off in the
Clarets 1-0 win at Southampton last weekend.
And he missed the first three training sessions of the week building up to tomorrow’s World Cup play-off first-leg.
But Hendrick was back in harness yesterday and took a full part in training before the flight to the Danish capital.
“Eriksen is a good player,” he told RTE. “But he is only one player. We have played against better players.
“That’s not doing him down. He still has to play his game and he has to stop us as well. It’s not anything we’re not used to.
“We play against a lot of bigger countries with players at big clubs. The group we have here, it doesn’t seem to faze us much.”
Manager Martin O’neill touched down in icy Copenhagen yesterday with no fresh injury concerns.
And captain Seamus Coleman, inset, and Jon Walters – both injured – have also travelled with the squad in a supporting role.
“Seamus being there while not being able to play means a lot to the squad and it tells you everything you need to know about him,” said Ireland legend Kevin Kilbane.
Stephen Ward trained for the second day running after shaking off a long-standing knee problem that flared up this week.
Colin Doyle – the fourth goalkeeper in the squad – did not travel as he has been released back to Bradford City. No1 Darren Randolph has Keiren Westwood and
Rob Elliott as backup.