Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Bohs fear Byrne could miss TNS games

BOHEMIANS and former Cardiff City striker Jason Byrne could miss both legs of the Champions League tie against The New Saints.

Former Ireland cap Byrne has not played for the Gypsies since he suffered a back injury in a 2-2 draw with Galway United last month, and is certain to miss tonight's league game away to UCD.
Byrne - who joined the Bluebirds for a fee of £75,000 in January 2007 and scored on his debut against Wolves - is also a major doubt for the two games against TNS, with the first leg in Dalymount Park tomorrow week.
"I would say he is going to struggle, to be honest," said Bohs' manager Pat Fenlon.
"His back is sore. He is making big improvements and is cycling and doing treadmill work.
"But he's not back on the pitch yet, so I think it might be a little bit early for him to come back for the TNS games.
"It's too long a season to be pushing him back, but he normally does recover quite quickly so we'll see how he goes.
"But I would say he is fairly doubtful for the Champions League games against TNS," added Fenlon.
Bohs have coped during Byrne's absence as Irish Under-21 international Paddy Madden has obliged with some goals, scoring six in the past four games, but Byrne would be missed for the European matches.
The former Cardiff City frontman has scored 10 goals in Europe, a record he shares with former Shelbourne and Bohs' team-mate Glen Crowe, though Byrne admits he's relieved to be back in training again.
• Bohemians won 2-0 in an Airtricity League game at UCD on Monday night, both goals coming from Paddy Madden.
Photo: Jason Byrne celebrates a four-timer for Bohemians against Dundalk.

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