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O'Brien's lay-off less than it was first feared


Joey O'Brien. Picture: Getty

Joey O'Brien. Picture: Getty

Joey O'Brien. Picture: Getty

IRELAND international Joey O'Brien hopes it will be only a matter of weeks before he can play again as a shoulder injury could have ended his season.

O'Brien suffered a dislocated shoulder while in action for West Ham against Chelsea on Wednesday night and initial reports suggested that the Dubliner would now be sidelined for the rest of the campaign.

"It was one of those things. It was a battle at set-pieces and he pushed me away. I put my arm out as I fell and the shoulder popped. The medical people put it back in, but I need an X-ray to see what damage has been done. I suppose I will be out for a few weeks," says the Dubliner.

O'Brien and his teammates were on the receiving end of some harsh words from Jose Mourinho after the game, the Chelsea boss claiming the Hammers played "19th century football," while he also claimed that O'Brien deserved a red card for a challenge on Willian.

"There were worse tackles than that in the game. It was late but it was a yellow – never a red," says O'Brien in defence.

"We knew they would have a lot of the ball and make a lot of chances but we defended really well, looked solid and our goalkeeper made two or three top-class saves.

"As defenders, that is what we are paid to do."

He added: "I think, had they beaten us 3-0, he (Mourinho) would have been saying, 'They're a good team and I hope they climb out of the relegation zone'. This result is a nice tonic going into February, which is going to be a massive month for us."