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O'Shea blow for play-off

Damian Spellman

Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

John O'Shea picks up injury during Sunderland's clash with Newcastle United
John O'Shea picks up injury during Sunderland's clash with Newcastle United

John O'Shea is unlikely to make the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off second-leg showdown with Bosnia-Herzegovina after aggravating his hamstring injury.

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce ­confirmed that the defender, who missed the Black Cats' 1-0 Premier League defeat by Southampton yesterday, is ­unlikely to meet up with his international team-mates in Dublin today.

"I wouldn't have thought that, with the recurrence in his hamstring, he would be anywhere near available," said Allardyce. "He's not been able to get fit for us in two weeks, so he's not going to get fit with a hamstring in 10 days. Sadly for us today, he was missing, and sadly for them."

The news will come as a blow to ­Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, who named the 34-year-old in a provisional 39-man squad last month despite the fact that he is suspended for the first game in Zenica next Friday evening after being sent off in Poland.

O'Shea had been expected to play ­yesterday, and so be available for ­Ireland's home leg in eight days' time, but was withdrawn before kick-off. O'Shea, who has 108 senior caps, has not played since damaging his hamstring in the 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle on October 25.

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