Shane Duffy will travel to Tbilisi with the rest of the Republic of Ireland squad after being given the all-clear by his club, Mick McCarthy has confirmed.
Duffy wasn't included in the original Ireland squad after picking up a calf injury in late September's Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa.
Brighton manager Graham Potter said the defender would be out of action for a number of weeks, at that stage appearing him to rule him unavailable for international duty.
However, McCarthy said all last week he hadn't given up hope of the Derry man proving his fitness and Duffy contacted the Irish manager today to tell him he'd participated in a full training session and was able to travel with the squad to Georgia.
"I've just had a text from him saying he's been given the all-clear this morning. He's trained with the lads, he must have done some football work. That's good news. He's on a flight this afternoon to travel (to Dublin) and he'll be with us to travel to Georgia tomorrow.
"All along, he's been pretty confident he'd be okay and it wasn't as bad as they thought. He's been running all week. And he says he trained with the team this morning. So, if he did full training, he's fine. So, I hope he gets here safe and sound and travels with us tomorrow."
BREAKING: Mick McCarthy tells FAI TV that Shane Duffy will travel with the squad to Tbilisi ahead of #GEOIRL and will join up with the squad this evening in Dublin— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) October 9, 2019
David McGoldrick will miss the Georgia game, but could still feature in Geneva for the #SUIIRLmatch#COYBIG pic.twitter.com/Tiq1VM9HWd
The prognosis is not quite so positive on David McGoldrick with the manager confirming he won't be able to make it for the Georgia game but McCarthy holds out the possibility that he may be ready by the time Ireland face Switzerland in Geneva on Tuesday.
"I spoke to Didzy yesterday. He was still feeling the groin. So, I said to him Saturday was going to be far too soon. But if he's alright and it turns out he trains over the weekend, he might still be an option as a sub against Switzerland.
"After three weeks (out), he may not start. But it would be a nice problem to have if he could be here."
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