Paul McGrath has expressed his hopes that Richard Dunne will shake off the shoulder injury which has ruled him out of the last six weeks of football but fears that the Tallaght may not be at his best when Euro 2012 kicks off for Ireland on 10th June.
Dunne broke his collarbone in a collision with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and though the club and player have both stated that the Aston Villa captain will return to play before the end of the season; McGrath, who went to USA’94 while battling to recover from a frozen shoulder, is worried that returning so late will hamper him when it comes to Ireland’s games at the European Championships:
“I think most people in Ireland would attribute us being there to Richard,” – said Ireland’s 1990 World Cup Player of the Tournament. “Some of the games he played, I think he was fantastic as usual. He is one of the players we need to be at their best at the competition. Even if he gets games in beforehand, I’d be dicey about him being up to scratch. We’re at the stage of the season where he’d need to be getting games or at least putting in the fitness regime to make it to the Euros.”
Legend McGrath, speaking of the launch of the annual John Giles Foundation Walk of Dreams stated: “We need him and Trap needs him so he might give him extra time before making that final analysis. An 80 per cent fit Richard Dunne, I’d bring,” he said.