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McShane boosts Euro hopes

PAUL McSHANE boosted his chances of playing a part in Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifiers over the next week as he managed an appearance for Hull City's second string yesterday.

McShane has been struggling with a calf injury in recent weeks and was a doubt for the double header against Andorra and Armenia, but the Wicklow man played for 60 minutes in Hull's reserve game against Grimsby yesterday.

He was due to link up with the Irish squad, who flew out today to Barcelona for the Andorra game.

Meanwhile, Keith Andrews could be in line for a return to the Premier League as Swansea City and Wigan Athletic have been linked with the Dubliner.

Andrews joined Championship side Ipswich Town on loan from Blackburn Rovers at the start of the season and he's made a big impression at Portman Road, scoring four goals in nine league games.

David Meyler is another player continuing his recovery from injury as the Cork native clocked up a 90-minute appearance for Sunderland's second string last night, while former Derry City man James McClean was man of the match in a 3-1 win over Wigan's reserves.