Trapattoni confident injured O'Shea will return in time for Euro bid
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI is confident John O'Shea will be ready for the beginning of the European Championship qualifiers in September amid concerns that the injury suffered by the Manchester United defender in Paris is more serious than first feared.
The Waterford man picked up what initially seemed an innocuous setback during the play-off heartache against France on November 18, when he was replaced in the second half by Paul McShane.
Unfortunately, O'Shea then suffered calcification of a blood clot in a thigh muscle which severely complicated his problem.
While the player recently claimed that he would be back this month in response to Alex Ferguson's hint that he would be without his services for the rest of this season, Trapattoni backed up the latter prognosis yesterday.
"I have spoken with him and he has spoken with our doctor," said Trapattoni. "There was a reaction and sometimes it takes 24 hours for that to be spotted. It might not have happened right after the injury.
"He will not play this season, for sure. Maybe there could be injections given, but I think no. I spoke with him and he said it will be another two or three months."
McShane struggled against the Brazilians, but Trapattoni has given the Hull man a vote of confidence and feels he is improving under his tutelage. However, he indicated that a rapid promotion for recent recruit Shane Duffy is likely.
The Derry-born Everton defender, who represented Northern Ireland up to U-21 level and had been lined up for a senior debut in Albania last night, upset Nigel Worthington by throwing his lot in with the Republic a fortnight ago.
Duffy and his family were guests of the FAI at the Emirates and, conscious of Ireland's lack of riches in the centre-half department, Trapattoni is contemplating bringing him to an end-of-season gathering, that is yet to be arranged, before the RDS friendlies with Paraguay and Algeria.