Deegan hit with Tweet suspension

Aidan Fitzmaurice

FORMER Bohemians man Gary Deegan has been suspended by League One side Coventry City over comments he made on Twitter.

The Dubliner stoked up controversy when he tweeted a comment, which mentioned the IRA, to his Coventry team-mate James McPake, in relation to McPake's call-up to the Northern Ireland squad.

Deegan (pictured) later made an apology on Twitter, saying he was just "taking the p***" but his club, who were relegated from the Championship last season, are taking the matter seriously.

"Coventry City confirm that Gary Deegan has been suspended from training for a period of two weeks while further investigations take place into comments on the Twitter social networking site," the club said in a statement.

"Neither the player nor the club will be making any further statement whilst internal investigations are ongoing."

Former Shelbourne and Galway United man Deegan joined Coventry from Bohs in 2010 and scored three times in 19 league games last season.

Albrighton fit for new campaign

Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton has recovered from a thigh problem and will be fully fit for the start of pre-season training on July 5.

Albrighton suffered the same setback on three separate occasions last season and missed the finale of the Premier League campaign.

But he has been given the thumbs-up by Villa's medical team after having the injury checked during the summer.

Albrighton said: "I am fit and I am raring to go. I strained my thigh three times in three months which was really frustrating. But I have come in during the summer to make sure it is healing well and looking good. The physios are very positive about it and say it is progressing well."