John O'Shea misses Republic of Ireland game through injury but could return for crunch Watford clash

O'Shea is likely to be in contention for a start this weekend
O'Shea is likely to be in contention for a start this weekend
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John O'Shea missed out on Republic of Ireland's friendly defeat to Iceland through injury, but could yet be fit for Sunderland's crucial clash with Watford.

O'Shea was left needing stitches in his leg after a controversial challenge from Gareth Bale, though he did complete that 0-0 draw.

O'Shea spoke about his treatment after the game, saying: "Thankfully I’m walking away from it, which is no problem.

“I’ve had plenty of stitches put in there. “I was lucky considering what has happened to Seamus. “On another night, there could have been two red cards. I can’t remember how many stitches it was.

"The doctor had to stick some in deep and a few dissolvable ones on top. Hopefully it will heal quickly.”

O'Shea did not play on Tuesday night as expected, but is reportedly running again and ready to take his place at Vicarage Road.

His availability will come as a huge relief to David Moyes, with Lamine Kone also recovering from a knee injury picked up in training before the 0-0 draw with Burnley.

Both will be expected to compete with Jason Denayer for the centre-half berths, with Papy Djilobodji not featuring for the club since his red card in the 2-0 defeat to West Brom in January.

A high stakes game like Saturday would not be the environment in which the manager is likely to want to reintroduce him.

Elsewhere, Seb Larsson played 90 minutes in Sweden's 2-2 draw with Portugal.