Doherty hopeful of World Cup place
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Luton Town ace made his long-awaited return to action in Saturday's draw with West Ham after seven months out of action.
Doherty played as a second half substitute after battling back from a broken leg and dislocated an ankle picked up against Torquay in the Worthington Cup last September.
The 22-year-old, who has won eight caps for Ireland, had made himself a regular in Mick McCarthy's plans before the injury and he admitted he has a slim chance to win his place back in the side.
He has three games left to prove his fitness to McCarthy that he deserves to be on the plane to The Far East.
"I've got half a chance but my hopes must be slim because I've been out for so long and the Republic have been playing very well," said Doherty.
"It was very frustrating to suffer a serious injury in a cup game like that, in front of a small crowd on a wet and miserable Thursday evening.
"I've never had a serious injury before but I suppose if you're going to, you might as well get it while you're at somewhere like Spurs where you have the best treatment available."
Meanwhile, Doherty has been called-up to the Ireland squad to face the United States this week after an injury to Niall Quinn ruled the Sunderland man out of the game.