Doyle eager to get minutes under belt

Virtually every other Premier League manager has bemoaned this
week’s round of international fixtures, which take place just three
days prior to the start of the new top-flight campaign, with all
hoping their players do not pick up any injuries. McCarthy, though,
has bucked the trend as he is desperate for Doyle to figure at some
stage of the friendly against Argentina due to a lack of pre-season
action. A tight hamstring forced Doyle out of the July 31 defeat at
Leeds, and although he played three days later in the victory over
Hearts, he sustained a calf injury that sidelined him for
Saturday’s win over Athletic Bilbao. Doyle has since had two scans,
one of which has highlighted some bleeding within the muscle that
makes him a doubt for not only the game with Argentina, but also
Saturday’s season-opener with Stoke at Molineux. “I picked up the
injury in the first few minutes of the game with Hearts and I
thought it was just a dead leg, which you can get in nearly every
game anyway, but it hasn’t settled,” said Doyle. “It’s just
something that has dragged on longer than expected, a slow thing
I’m waiting to clear up. “I’m hoping that with treatment over the
next couple of days, that come tomorrow it feels better and on
Wednesday I can play. “I haven’t played a massive amount of minutes
in pre-season due to a couple of different things, so I need to
play on Wednesday. “But I’m just not sure yet. I know Mick is
looking for me to play because I didn’t play at the weekend and
after missing a week prior to the game with Hearts. “So he’s the
opposite of many of the other managers. He wants to know if I am
going to be all right or not for the weekend, and whether to risk
me.” Even if Doyle does sit out both matches this week, the
26-year-old is not too concerned at the fact he will be lacking
match fitness for the games that follow. “It’s such a long season,
so many games, so I look at it that it will keep me fresh as the
season goes on,” added Doyle. “I’ve done a lot of fitness and
physical work anyway, so missing a couple of games won’t make that
much of a difference. Once you play a game or two it will be fine.”
Doyle, though, is naturally hoping he can face Argentina as the
Republic of Ireland play their first game in the new 50,000-seater
Aviva Stadium in Dublin. “As friendlies go it’s a big one, and I’d
love to be able to play in the first football match there,” said
Doyle. “Friendlies at this stage of the season aren’t the most
important thing on your mind. You’re looking at the start with your
club. “But this game is important for all of us. It’s the start of
a new era in a new stadium.”