Monday 20 November 2017

Lucky escape for soccer stars in three-car smash on way to Ireland training

Eunan O'Kane Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Eunan O'Kane Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Soccer players Shane Duffy and Eunan O'Kane are en route to New York with Martin O'Neill's squad today, despite being involved in a three-car crash on their way to an Ireland training camp.

Duffy and O'Kane were travelling from Derry to Dublin early yesterday when O'Kane's four-wheel drive was written off in the accident. Both players emerged with minor bruises.

Duffy and O'Kane were named in O'Neill's squad for Thursday's clash against Mexico. Duffy's father Brian was relieved both his son and O'Kane were safe. "My heart missed a beat when Shane told me what happened," he said. "Frightening stuff. "We thank God he is ok. [His] back is sore and very shaken up but he is still on his way to Dublin. He will be fine. He is one tough ticket.

"Jeep was a write-off. He is a top lad and we are all behind him," he said on social media.

Shane Duffy Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Shane Duffy Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A statement from the FAI read: "We can confirm Shane Duffy and Eunan O'Kane were involved in a minor car crash en route to Republic of Ireland training camp. The two players have now reported safely to the team hotel in Dublin."

Irish Independent

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