VIDEO: Madden rues injury that forced international withdrawal
Paddy Madden has lamented his withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad after a knee injury forced him to pull out.
The 23-year-old, who didn’t feature in Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat to Reading on Saturday, has been ruled out for most of the next month with the problem sustained in training.
He will now miss Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria, and Madden, who made his international debut in a goal-less draw against Wales last month, described his frustration at having to withdraw.
The former Carlisle United man said: “To get injured at any time of the season is frustrating but to miss the game against Reading which was such a big game and with such a great atmosphere was disappointing.
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“I was poised to meet up with the Ireland squad on Sunday again and the injury forced me to pull out, so it’s frustrating but these things happen.”
Madden believes Yeovil are close to turning their bad fortunes around after a difficult run which has seen the Glovers lose four Sky Bet Championship games on the bounce.
Since Yeovil marked their arrival in English football’s second tier with an opening day win at Millwall, the club have failed to score both a point or a goal, a run that has seen them fall into the relegation zone.
But despite recent results, last season’s top scorer insisted that both he and his team-mates have made a smooth transition from League One to Championship football, and says the Glovers are close to rediscovering the form that saw them win promotion last season.
“No, [it’s not been too difficult], I find you get more time on the ball in the Championship,” he said.
“I just think personally we haven’t clicked as a team yet and we haven’t created as many chances as we’d have liked.
“I thought the lads were brilliant in the game against Reading. We looked back to ourselves from last year and we creating a lot of chances.
“Hopefully if we can keep these performances up you’ll see the goals coming soon.”
Watch Madden's interview in full...