Tuesday 24 April 2018

Aiden McGeady back to boost Trap

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

AIDEN McGEADY has come through an individual training session at Spartak Moscow, boosting his chances of making the Ireland team for the crunch World Cup qualifiers this month.

The winger is struggling with a knee injury and has yet to feature for his club since they returned from a winter break. But, having returned to the pitch yesterday, Giovanni Trapattoni will be hoping that the Glaswegian can recover in time for the games against Sweden on March 22 and Austria four days later.

In another boost for the Italian, Sean St Ledger played 90 minutes on his return from injury in Leicester City's 1-1 draw at Championship leaders Cardiff City last night.

Meanwhile, Sweden manager Erik Hamren has left striker Johan Elmander out of his squad.

The Galatasary forward has been struggling with injuries in recent week and was unavailable for his club's Champions League game against Schalke last night.

Hamren opted against taking a chance on the former Bolton Wanderers man, but did call up Celtic defender Mikael Lustig after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

The Sweden boss has brought in one newcomer in Erkan Zengin, a midfielder based at Turkish club Eskisehirspor, while Young Boys forward Alexander Gerndt returns after a suspension.

Elmander's loss is cushioned by the fact that Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available to lead the Swedish attack on March 22.

Austria have also named their squad for their visit to Dublin, with Stuttgart attacker Martin Harnik returning to the fold for their qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Ireland.

Harnik was injured for the 2-1 friendly defeat to Wales in February, but was recalled in a 23-man squad named yesterday. West Ham's Emanuel Pogatetz and Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann are the only English-based players in their panel.

Ireland lie in third in Group C going into the Stockholm clash, a point behind the Swedes in second. Austria are two points back in fourth ahead of their home game against the Faroes.

Irish Independent

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