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Robbie Brady aims to impress against Oman ahead of Tbilisi test

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 20:28 | Comments

Robbie Brady hopes to feature against Oman and push his case for role in Georgia clash
Robbie Brady hopes to feature against Oman and push his case for role in Georgia clash

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Robbie Brady is hoping to play his way into contention for a role in Martin O'Neill's plans for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in tonight’s friendly against Oman in Dublin (7.45pm, live on 2fm).

The Hull midfielder is back in the squad after finally shaking off a series of niggling injuries which have limited his involvement under the new manager, and the Dubliner is determined to make the most of his latest opportunity.

Brady said: "It was just numerous things with my hips and groins. When one thing seemed to be getting better, another thing was going. I had a couple of operations and I feel solid now.

"I feel as if everything has cleared up - touch wood. No more problems. I'm just happy to be back and want to put it all behind me now."

The 22-year-old currently has six senior caps to his name, but could line up alongside a man winning his 126th if 38-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given gets the nod after coming out of international retirement.

The winger said: "I know he retired a few years back, but he's obviously a fantastic goalie - one of the best we have had.

"If Shay feels he is ready to play, I don't think anyone can tell him any different. He's still looking good, as we saw in training.

"It's great and exciting to have him back on the scene - such an experienced head. Someone with so many caps can only bring experience into the squad."

Brady insists the Republic will not be fazed by the prospect of launching their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in the white heat of Tbilisi.

O'Neill's side are assured a hostile welcome when they line out against Georgia on Sunday with an already hugely partisan crowd not having forgotten Ireland's reluctance to play a World Cup qualifier in the same city in September 2008 amid political unrest in the region.

"I think it's one we'll look to win, hopefully get a few goals and set us up for the group" - Robbie Brady on Sunday's qualifier in Georgia

In the event, the fixture took place instead in Mainz, Germany, where the Republic ran out 2-1 winners in then manager Giovanni Trapattoni's first competitive fixture.

Current incumbent O'Neill would happily settle for the same result this time around, but Brady and his team-mates know that will be easier said than done.

The Dubliner said: "I'm looking forward to it. I believe it's a rough place to go, but I don't think the lads will be affected by it.

"I think most of them are looking forward to it. Most of them would rather play in front of a crowd like that.

"We won't be going there for a draw at the weekend. I think it's one we'll look to win, hopefully get a few goals and set us up for the group.

"It will be a good game. It's a long way away, but I'm sure all of the lads are looking forward to it. It's been a big gap and we're all raring to go."

Watch highlights of Republic of Ireland v Oman on RTÉ Two and online (ROI only from 10.25pm on Wednesday 3 September.

Kenny Cunningham on Ireland


 

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