Republic of Ireland's Kevin Doyle has positive news after Switzerland injury
Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has confirmed he suffered no lasting damage after undergoing surgery to repair a horrific gash to his leg.
Doyle, 32, was carried from the pitch on a stretcher during Friday night's 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland after going down in agony following a challenge by Timm Klose.
The Colorado Rapids player later tweeted a graphic photograph of the injury as he prepared to undergo a procedure to clean and stitch the wound at Dublin's Mater Hospital.
But, on Saturday morning, Doyle revealed he will be able to start running once again within a matter of weeks.
thanks to the plastic surgeons at the mater hospital,leg looks brand new,no serious damage,back jogging in a few weeks.��for all the messages- Kevin Doyle (@KevinDoyle1983) March 26, 2016
The injury could hardly have come at a worse time for Doyle, who was starting his first game for Republic of Ireland since a 2-0 friendly victory over Oman in September 2014.
He has 62 caps and has scored 14 goals for his country, but will miss Tuesday night's friendly against Slovakia and another chance to stake a claim for a place in Martin O'Neill's Euro 2016 squad.