Republic of Ireland defender Megan Campbell is looking forward to a return to duty after a 15-month absence
PHOTO: Republic of Ireland and Manchester City defender Megan Campbell after the Women’s FA Cup win. Credit: WSL/Manchester City WFC

Ireland WNT: Cup winner Megan Campbell relishing return to Ireland duty

Republic of Ireland defender Megan Campbell is looking forward to a return to duty after a 15-month absence

Republic of Ireland defender Megan Campbell is looking forward to a return to international duty after a 15-month absence.

The Manchester City defender has missed the last 15 months of international duty due to a broken foot injury she sustained against Austria in the Cyprus Cup in March 2016.

Having recently returned to the starting XI for her club side, Campbell could see her first taste of action since the appointment of Head Coach Colin Bell against Iceland tomorrow night at Tallaght Stadium.

The 23-year old defender hopes to get back on the pitch for the Republic of Ireland tomorrow night and is enjoying her new experience with Head Coach Bell.

Campbell said: “It has been a difficult year or so. It was a difficult injury to overcome and it’s been such a long time since I was last with the squad.

“I’ve enjoyed being back in the squad and I’m ready to be a part of it again. There are some new, old and young faces which is great and I’m really looking forward to the occasion.

“It’s been different working with Colin. I really hope working him and his different methods can improve me as a player and I’m sure he can help us kick on as a team.”

Following Campbell’s return from injury, the Drogheda-born defender played a crucial part in Manchester City’s Women’s FA Cup win, claiming two assists in a 4-1 final win over Birmingham City.

Having claimed five assists in her first three games back from injury, Campbell admits she didn’t expect to be able to get upto speed so quickly.

She added: “Honestly, Manchester City are a massive club and that is their mentality to win trophies but I really didn’t expect it.

“I didn’t think I’d be in the starting XI or the squad for the FA Cup final so it was a great feeling to be part of such a great occasion so soon after coming back.

“I think being injured has definitely made me stronger, physically and mentally, and I’m ready to bring that into the international side now. It’s a really good test for us tomorrow as they’re such a strong side but we need to use it well ahead of the World Cup qualifier.”

Republic of Ireland Squad for international friendly v Iceland

Goalkeepers:

Marie Hourihan (Manchester City),
Emma Byrne (Brighton and Hove Albion),
Amanda Budden (Cork City WFC)

Defenders:

Louise Quinn (Arsenal),
Diane Caldwell (SC Sand),
Harriet Scott (Reading),
Megan Campbell (Manchester City),
Niamh Fahey (Chelsea),
Sophie Perry (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Midfielders:

Denise O’Sullivan (Houston Dash),
Megan Connolly (Florida State University),
Alex Kavanagh (Shelbourne Ladies),
Roma McLaughlin (Shelbourne Ladies),
Katie McCabe (Arsenal),
Stephanie Roche (Sunderland)*,
Karen Duggan (UCD Waves)

Strikers:

Heather Payne (Peamount United),
Dearbhaile Beirne (UCD Waves),
Claire O’Riordan (Wexford Youths),
Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves)

*Injured

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