No time to mope – McCarthy

The 27-year-old suffered knee ligament damage on duty with the

Republic of Ireland and could miss the rest of Wanderers’

relegation run-in. And while Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven

Fletcher have matched Doyle for Premier League goals, the

Irishman’s absence robs McCarthy of his most effective lone

front-runner. “I am clearly disappointed but I just take the view

that it is time for someone else to play well,” McCarthy told the

Birmingham Mail. “We’ve got Fletch and Sylvan and Stephen Ward so

somebody else has got to play. It is far from ideal because he has

been playing great and it’s not what we wanted to happen. “We don’t

want to lose anybody but the danger always is when you bemoan your

luck in losing a player, somebody else has got to play. Doyle has

been terrific but opportunity knocks.”