‘Paul McGrath ‘ready’ for 84th cap after undergoing knee replacement surgery’

This article by Oisin Doherty was published in the Irish Mirror on the 25th September 2023.

Paul McGrath has joked that he is ‘ready’ to earn his 84th cap for Ireland after undergoing knee surgery.

The legendary Ireland defender went under the knife to get a knee replacement at the Santry sports clinic in Dublin in recent days.

Taking to social media on Monday, the 63-year-old posted a snap of him leaving the hospital along with a caption that thanked the staff for their help.

“Thanks so much to Ray Moran and his team @SSCSantry for everything the past few days. Couldn’t have asked for a better crew ! New knee in and ready for my 84th cap, the old one owed me nothing.”

McGrath was rather infamously plagued with knee issues throughout his illustrious career and was forced to change his training regiment in order to be ready for the weekend.

It did little to hamper his impact on the pitch however, and the Dubliner had a fabulous career at club level for Manchester United and Aston Villa.

At International level, McGrath was capped 83 times for the Boys in Green and famously starred at the 1994 World Cup, where his performance against Italy at Giants Stadium is still spoken about fondly to this day.

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