O'Neill boosted by O'Shea injury verdict
Seamus Coleman is a major doubt for Everton's Premier League meeting with Sunderland, but the good news for Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is that John O'Shea is in the visitors' squad.
Coleman is feeling the effects of a stomach bug that has caused him to lose weight this week so it's only a short-term concern rather than something for O'Neill to be worried about.
O'Neill was concerned when O'Shea, who is suspended for the first leg of the play-off with Bosnia in a fortnight's time, pulled up with a hamstring injury against Newcastle last weekend. But it turned out to be a 'tweak' rather than a serious strain so the Waterford man is in Sam Allardyce's squad, although he's by no means certain to feature.
Meanwhile, Shane Long is 'progressing well' at Southampton, yet his ankle injury has failed to heal in time for the Tipp native to participate in the Saints' derby encounter with Bournemouth tomorrow.