Tuesday 17 January 2017

Long concern as Hoolahan gets all-clear

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

Ireland's Shane Long is stretchered off after sustaining an injury
Ireland's Shane Long is stretchered off after sustaining an injury

Shane Long is a doubt for Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off with an ankle injury, but Wes Hoolahan is back in training with Norwich.

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman reported that Long damaged ligaments in Poland that will rule him out for two to four weeks.

That would leave his play-off hopes in the balance, although there were positive soundings from the Tipperary native's camp this week.

"It's a disappointment but it's also part of football," said Koeman, who uses the Irish striker sparingly.

Hoolahan was restricted to a cameo role in Warsaw as he was feeling the effects of two injuries and he went for a scan upon his return to England.

But Norwich boss Alex Neil says he is fine, saying: "I think it's just a case of monitoring the load that Wes does over the week."

Irish Independent

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