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Kevin Moran's mysterious ankle injury has Jack Charlton sweating

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Philip Quinn

Published 14/06/2015 | 11:13

1990; (left) Kevin Sheedy and Kevin Moran, Republic of Ireland, in action against Steve Bull, England. Republic of Ireland v England, 1990 World Cup Finals, Italy. Soccer. Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE
1990; (left) Kevin Sheedy and Kevin Moran, Republic of Ireland, in action against Steve Bull, England. Republic of Ireland v England, 1990 World Cup Finals, Italy. Soccer. Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

KEVIN MORAN was at the centre of an injury scare last night after he limped out of the Irish squad's training session in Terrassini.

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Moran sustained a mysterious ankle injury 15 minutes into training and he had to leave the field for treatment from physio Mick Byrne.

Moran had the ankle iced and strapped and he sat out the remainder of the session. "I don't know what happened," he said.

"I just felt a pain in the ankle and thought I'd better have it looked at. It's a bit sore but I should be fine."

Irish fans will wait anxiously for word on Moran's fitness. One hopes he hasn't suffered a recurrence of the achilles tendon injury which forced him out of Ireland's warm-up match against Turkey.

Kevin Sheedy, who scored Ireland's equaliser against England, also sat out the session, clutching a bag of ice to his left knee.

Sheedy revealed that he picked up a knock on the knee shortly before he rattled the back of the England net. "There's some swelling but I'll be fine for the Egypt match, he said.

Fullback Chris Morris, who kept John Barnes in check in Cagliari, had the ice treatment, too, for his long-standing ankle injury.

"It's the same old problem. I have to rest the ankle every third day. But I hope to be able to resume training on Thursday,” he said.

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