Date: 7th May 2016 at 10:04pm
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Rory McArdle is well aware he does need to have surgery on his shoulder, which will take place this summer following the dislocation he suffered against Bury back in March.

He’s got no intention to have this done yet with the defender confident enough he can get through until the end of the season before this is dealt with, telling the Telegraph & Argus.

‘The shoulder will require it done at some point. But it’s a tricky one because we daren’t book anything in yet. At this moment, we don’t know when the season will be finishing.’

Assuming we make it through until the play-off final the domestic season will run until 30th May then there’s a chance he could be included in the Northern Ireland squad for the European Championships too!

That would ‘throw a spanner in the works’ if it were to happen, but he’ll be more than happy if his country do come calling.

‘That’s another question mark and would throw another spanner in the works – although it would be a nice spanner! If the opportunity comes where I’m included in the (international) squad, I don’t want to be sat in a sling.


‘The shoulder feels fine when I’ve got my strapping on. But when it’s not, it is a little bit loose. All the scenarios are there and it’s just a case of crossing that bridge when we come to it. Whether that’s the end of this season or further, we’ll take it from there.’

When he was forced to miss out, sitting out nine-matches, he then had to bide his time to come back in but since this time we’ve managed back-to-back cleansheets which was pleasing to him.

Positively he said the ‘shoulder’s all fine.’

But he’s unsure how long he will be out for when he does go under the knife, which if he is in the Northern Ireland squad this summer could mean he misses out on the start of next season?

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