Sunderland’s O’Shea a worry for Ireland after Man United injury

INJURY WORRY ... Sunderland's John O'Shea.
INJURY WORRY ... Sunderland's John O'Shea.
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JOHN O’SHEA will undergo tests on his troublesome calf problem after the Republic of Ireland were left sweating on the fitness of the Sunderland defender.

O’Shea limped off two minutes before half-time in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to his former club Manchester United after suffering a repeat of the calf injury which saw him miss five games during March and April.

The 31-year-old, who had endured a torrid first half up against Antonio Valencia, is due to meet up with the rest of the Ireland squad at the end of this week where his injury will be assessed.

But there are concerns that O’Shea’s participation in the summer’s European Championships could be in doubt after the defender was included in Ireland’s 23-man party last week.

Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill said: “John didn’t feel comfortable. He has come back and he was starting to feel his injury so he just didn’t feel confident at all about moving on it.

“It might be the case that he is struggling for the finals. As he came off, that was my thought and that there might be a concern about it.

“I haven’t had a chance to check with the physios since then and maybe I am jumping the gun, but it might be a concern.”

O’Shea completed the post-match lap of appreciation without appearing in too much discomfort, while he also commiserated with his former team-mates in the tunnel afterwards.

The likelihood is that the Waterford-born defender will shake off the problem and participate in his first international tournament after missing out on a place in the 2002 World Cup.

But should O’Shea’s injury materialise into a serious one, then former Sunderland defender Paul McShane is on stand-by to take his place in the squad.