Ronan Curtis a doubt for Ireland's Euro qualifiers after freak accident sees him sever his finger

Wed, Mar 13 2019

Curtis made his senior international debut in a friendly against Northern Ireland in November. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Striker Ronan Curtis could miss out on Ireland’s European Championship qualifiers with Gibraltar and Georgia after severing his finger in a freak accident with a door.

The former Derry City man missed out Portsmouth’s 3-2 win over Walsall on Tuesday after catching his finger in his front door and required plastic surgery to re-attach the tip.

He is certain to miss Pompey’s home tie with Scunthorpe United and Saturday and is facing a race to be fit for Ireland the following week.

“He had a nasty accident in the morning when he caught his finger in a door and it’s pretty nasty,” manager Kenny Jackett told the club’s website.

“It could be some time out because it’s quite serious. He’s had some surgery and I’ve seen the pictures – it looks quite gruesome.

“We’ll have to see how he is and hope he’ll be okay, but he certainly won’t be back for Saturday. It’s a very sensitive area.”

Curtis was selected in Mick McCarthy’s 35-man provisional squad earlier this month but is now unlikely to be named when McCarthy whittles down the squad on Thursday afternoon.