O'Dea injury woe adds to Trap worries for key clash in Macedonia
DARREN O'DEA has emerged as a doubt for Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia after injury prematurely ended his loan stint with Championship outfit Ipswich Town.
Tractor Boys manager Paul Jewell has ruled the defender out for the rest of the season with a twisted ankle, and revealed that the player would be sent back to Celtic.
O'Dea has failed to nail down a regular place in the side at the Portman Road, and had already confirmed there were no plans to turn it into a permanent move away from Glasgow.
Yet it's unclear how long the 24-year-old will spend on the sidelines due to his latest setback.
Ipswich's campaign ends next weekend, four weeks before the trip to Macedonia, so there is a lengthy enough period for recuperation.
Giovanni Trapattoni would be keen to have O'Dea available, after he deputised for Sean St Ledger against the Macedonians in Dublin and performed well in doing so.
Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne is suspended for the return fixture and, while St Ledger is expected to have recovered from injury in time, defensive options remain thin on the ground.
In an ideal world, the Italian would like to give the Dubliner further game-time in the Carling Nations Cup games with Northern Ireland and Scotland on May 24 and May 29 respectively.
However, the 72-year-old may have to consider resting players as a precaution.