Euro 2020: Shane Duffy would have been 'heartbroken' to miss out on Republic of Ireland qualifiers

Shane Duffy
Duffy picked up a calf injury playing for Brighton in a Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa in September

Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy has praised Brighton for "doing everything" to get him fit in time to play in the Republic's Euro qualifiers.

Duffy sustained a calf injury last month but will travel to Tbilisi for Saturday's game against Georgia.

"I'm delighted, the club has been brilliant with me and done a lot of work over the last couple of weeks to get me ready," said the 27-year-old.

The Republic also take on top seeds Switzerland in Geneva on Tuesday.

With Richard Keogh injured and Enda Stevens suspended, Republic manager Mick McCarthy could not afford to be without another of his most experienced and trusted defenders.

Duffy was not included in the original squad and spent the early part of this week completing his rehab and training with the Brighton squad.

He joined the Republic squad on Wednesday before Thursday's trip to Georgia.

"The club were great and the manager [Graham Potter] has been great giving me a bit more time to get ready," Duffy told FAI TV.

"I did three days in a row and then had a rest day so I am ready to go.

"It's a huge game and hopefully one we can take advantage of."

The Republic are top of Group D with 11 points after five games, one point ahead of Denmark - whom they play in Dublin next month.

Switzerland are in third place, three points behind the Republic, with a game in hand.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th October 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England44001941512
2Czech Rep53029819
3Kosovo5221101008
4Montenegro5023313-102
5Bulgaria5023511-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine54101111013
2Portugal422010468
3Serbia52121012-27
4Luxembourg511358-34
5Lithuania5014415-111

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands54011761112
2Germany54011761112
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus6114310-74
5Estonia6015218-161

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark5230155109
3Switzerland422010468
4Georgia511348-44
5Gibraltar5005016-160

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia6411135813
2Slovakia6312108210
3Hungary630379-29
4Wales52125507
5Azerbaijan5014513-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001731418
2Sweden6321138511
3Romania6312137610
4Norway623111839
5Malta6105213-113
6Faroe Islands6006320-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland7511112916
2Austria7412167913
3North Macedonia7322109111
4Slovenia7322137611
5Israel72231214-28
6Latvia7007124-230

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey65011421215
2France65011941515
3Iceland6402109112
4Albania630310919
5Moldova6105217-153
6Andorra6006014-140

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium77002812721
2Russia76012241818
3Cyprus7313137610
4Kazakhstan7214911-27
5Scotland7205517-126
6San Marino7007037-370

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy66001831518
2Finland640284412
3Armenia6303121119
4Bos-Herze6213121117
5Greece6123710-35
6Liechtenstein6015119-181
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