Doyle out, Robbie in. Brady added to the Ireland bunch for WC qualifiers
Many questioned why he wasn’t involved in the first place, but Robbie Brady has been called up to the Ireland squad for the games against Germany and the Faroe Islands in place of the injured Kevin Doyle.
The FAI confirmed that the Wolves striker was officially ruled out of both games this morning after having a scan on his injured thigh and Brady has been summoned from the standby list to deputise for the man who salvaged what could have been an embarrassing result in Kazakhstan last month.
Brady made his senior debut in a friendly against Oman only days after the Kazakhstan victory and although the opposition left a lot to be desired, he stole the show with a goal, an assist and a man of the match performance.
Giovanni Trapattoni had warned that it could be some time before Brady was made a permanent member of the senior set-up and in fairness to Trap, his only action since the Oman game was a brief appearance as a substitute for Manchester United against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup last week.
There was a still a little confusion yesterday, however, as David Meyler was called up to the Ireland squad ahead of Brady even though both Brady and Richard Dunne had been included on a standby list, a further example of the communication problems which seem endemic in the squad since the Euros.
It will still be a huge surprise if Brady gets a run against either Germany next Friday or against the Faroes four days later but if he does, an impact similar to the one he made on his debut wouldn’t go astray.