Callum O’Dowda says he "hasn’t really been thinking" about his club future as he hopes to get a chance to impress in green for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualification double-header against Denmark and Gibraltar.
The 24-year-old has not played a competitive game since Bristol City’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town back in March, but has declared himself fully fit and available for Mick McCarthy ahead of the trip to Copenhagen and the visit of Gibraltar to Dublin three days later.
After a blistering start to the campaign, including eye-catching goals against Norwich City and Swansea, O’Dowda’s season came to a halt with a knee injury.
With a year to run on his contract at Ashton Gate the former Oxford man has been heavily linked with a move away and Leeds United were rumoured to be strongly interested in the attacker back in January,
Indeed manager Lee Johnson questioned O'Dowda's future prior to the injury set-back.
"I don't know if there's anything in the conscious or sub-conscious [affecting his current form] but the fact is at the moment he hasn't signed," Johnson said back in March.
Speculation continues that the 15-cap international will depart for pastures new in the summer, but the player himself isn’t giving much away.
"I haven’t really been thinking about it to be honest," he told RTÉ Sport. "My season hasn’t finished yet. I know I had my hiccup injury where it knocked me out of my stride a little bit, my fitness, so to be fair my main focus will be on these two games so I want to put that to bed for the moment."
O’Dowda, who played in the five of the previous six Irish internationals before being sidelined, admitted that his is attracting attention from other clubs.
"Obviously there is interest, there is always interest, because season after season just because my contract is running out next season there is always going to be conspiracy theories and stuff about it, so at the moment, I am a Bristol City player and my main focus is on the game on Friday and Monday."
Forced into a watching brief since March, O’Dowda has been working tirelessly on his rehabbing, but has no concerns over his fitness ahead of the trip to Copenhagen and the visit of Gibraltar to Dublin three days later.
"My last game has been a few months so probably my match fitness is lacking compared to a few of the other boys in honesty, but the last few weeks have helped me and I have managed to keep fit and for the remaining two games of the season I was fit, so I was fit to play and since then it has just been maintaining fitness and the Portugal trip did help."
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