Concern for O'Neill as key man Duffy damages groin
Shane Duffy has issued an upbeat bulletin on the groin injury that has given Martin O'Neill an unwelcome headache ahead of tomorrow's World Cup play-off draw.
Key centre-half Duffy felt a 'pop' in the second half of his side's Premier League clash with Everton and was forced to leave the pitch. The Derryman is waiting on a scan result on the type of injury which could pose issues with three weeks to go until the Irish squad report for duty.
"I'm a bit sore at the minute," said Duffy afterwards, a bit sore at the minute. "I'll get scanned in the morning and see how it is but it feels not too bad.
"It was like a pop or a shot feeling but it has calmed down now. I've iced it and had treatment and it feels a little bit better but I'll see tomorrow."
His manager Chris Hughton suggested that the wear and tear from the quick-fire double-header with Moldova and Wales might have affected the 25-year-old.
"He has felt his groin and whether that is from playing two international games, I do not know," he said. "We'll assess it."
The other weekend worry to emerge for O'Neill was a hamstring strain picked up by Sean Maguire after he scored one and made another for Preston in the opening half-hour of their 2-2 away draw with Fulham.