Monday 22 January 2018

Concern for O'Neill as key man Duffy damages groin

Shane Duffy's Brighton team-mates approach him as he nurses a groin injury. Photo: Reuters
Shane Duffy's Brighton team-mates approach him as he nurses a groin injury. Photo: Reuters
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

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.

Irish Independent

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