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Republic of Ireland's Sean St. Ledger. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Sean St. Ledger. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland's Sean St. Ledger. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

LEICESTER CITY boss Nigel Pearson admits he has no idea when Ireland international Sean St Ledger will be available again after injury.

The Foxes are having their best season in recent years as Pearson's side are third in the Championship table, but St Ledger (pictured) has barely played for the side this season due to injury and loss of form, the Ireland man making just one league appearance.

St Ledger got a rare taste of action in Ireland's friendly away to Poland last month but his injury jinx struck again as he was replaced by John O'Shea in the first half and he has not featured for his club since.

"It is not as bad as we thought it might be but, again, because he has had one or two injuries this year, it is important for him to get some decent training time in there once he is back to give him the chance of remaining fit," said Pearson.

"It is unfortunate for him as he hasn't played a lot of football this season. It is a set-back for the player and a set-back for us."

 

JACKETT IMPRESSED BY IRELAND PROSPECT LIAM

IRELAND hopeful Liam McAlinden is ready to play a role for Wolves after he impressed during a spell on loan, according to Molineux boss Jenny Jackett.

The 20-year-old scored three goals in nine games while on loan to League One rivals Shrewsbury and now Wolves have recalled the striker.

McAlinden was born in England and has played at underage level for Northern Ireland but he has since declared for the Republic of Ireland and the FAI are going through the process with FIFA of 'switching' the player's international allegiance.

U21 boss Noel King is a big fan of McAlinden and the FAI hope that the paperwork can be cleared to have the Wolves man on board with the Republic for the U21 side's next game, in March.

"I do think he's come back to us on a high to earn a place at Wolves and use that experience he's gained positively," said Jackett.

"If suddenly we have an opening, I wouldn't hesitate to put him in. He's got three goals and it's an area where our forwards need the competition."

 

RYAN IS OFF TO CANADA

MIDFIELDER Richie Ryan has signed up for a spell in Canadian football following his exit from Shamrock Rovers.

Former Sligo Rovers star Ryan signed an 18-month deal with the Hoops when he joined them from Dundee United midway through the 2013 season, but has now opted to hook up with the newly-formed club, Ottawa Fury, in the second tier of the Canadian league.

The Tipperary lad had spells with Sunderland, Boston United and Royal Antwerp, and had planned to use the move to Rovers to settle down.

But the offer from Canada was too good to turn down and Rovers confirmed yesterday that they had agreed to release Ryan, with striker Mark Quigley also leaving Tallaght, with Derry City a likely destination.

"I am delighted to be given the opportunity by (manager) Marc dos Santos, who really impressed me when we spoke about joining Fury FC," said Ryan.

"I've seen the project that the club and city are building and it is a privilege that Marc and John Pugh want me to be a part of what the club is building.

"I really believe that in the club's first season that we can bring success to the city."


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