Sunday 4 December 2016

Brady, O'Shea head list of injury worries for Martin O'Neill

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Robbie Brady collides with his Norwich team-mate Gary O’Neill during last night’s game against Chelsea: Reuters / John Sibley
Robbie Brady collides with his Norwich team-mate Gary O’Neill during last night’s game against Chelsea: Reuters / John Sibley

It was a bloody night for Robbie Brady and a worrying one for Martin O'Neill as injury forced Shane Long, John O'Shea and Harry Arter to retire early from their Premier League games.

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Brady only has superficial issues to trouble him after losing two teeth in an unfortunate collision with Norwich team-mate Gary O'Neil in their loss to Chelsea. He returned to the field to play out the 90 minutes.

But O'Shea was forced off in the first half of Sunderland's draw with Crystal Palace due to a calf complaint. Shane Long was a doubt with a hamstring injury ahead of Southampton's clash with Bournemouth and he shipped a heavy knock in the second half which led to his withdrawal with 20 minutes remaining after he tried to play on.

Long got a kick on the knee and Ronald Koeman said afterwards that the front man could be fit enough to return by the weekend. International colleague Arter left the pitch four minutes earlier after damaging his Achilles, which will worry O'Neill.

John O'Shea of Sunderland is replaced by Younes Kaboul during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Crystal Palace
John O'Shea of Sunderland is replaced by Younes Kaboul during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Crystal Palace

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