Duffy delighted to return to Irish camp

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Defender Shane Duffy has admitted Republic of Ireland will have to improve despite beating Gibraltar in Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier.

Brighton defender Shane Duffy says he is happy to have joined up with the Republic of Ireland squad after initially being left out due to injury.

Duffy has been on the sidelines since he picked up a calf injury in the EFL Cup defeat to Aston Villa on September 25.

He wasn’t included in the original Irish squad for the crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland, which take place on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

However, the Derry-born star has been working hard over the past couple of weeks to recover in time for the October international break and it appears he has won his fitness battle, with the FAI confirming the centre-back has joined the ROI camp.

The 27-year-old, who has only made four Premier League appearances this season due to injury, has been training with the Seagulls over the past couple of days and is expected to be on the flight to Tbilisi for Saturday’s contest against Georgia.

Speaking after joining up with the Irish camp in Dublin, Duffy admits he would have been gutted had he not returned to fitness in time.

“I’m delighted, obviously,” he said. “The club have been brilliant. I’ve done a lot of work over the last couple of weeks and they got me ready.

“I would have been heartbroken really if I didn’t get out there. I done everything I could, the club helped me, Ireland were great with me, the manager has been great giving me a little bit more time to get ready.”