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Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty has revealed he had potential skin cancer and how he overcame it last month.
He missed Ireland’s last two Euro 2020 qualifiers, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland and a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria, in order to get a treatment at the beginning of September.
Doherty explained he had a growth removed from his lips and skin cancer had been mentioned not in worrying terms.
In Dublin, before Saturday’s qualifier with Georgia, the 27-year-old said:
“It was something like a freckle. I thought it was nothing but the doc saw it. I told him it had been there for about a year and it had probably got a bit bigger. So we went to the dermatologist and she was like: ‘I don’t like it, you’re going to have to have it cut out’. Skin cancer- that word was mentioned but not in a threatening way. It was just ‘let’s see what happens’. I was never really in full panic mode.”
Doherty is now getting ready to come back to the international action under the Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy in Tbilisi on Saturday.