Monday 27 January 2020

O'Dea left in limbo after Warnock cuts short loan deal

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IRELAND defender Darren O'Dea is in limbo ahead of Euro 2012 after Leeds United manager Neil Warnock prematurely ended his loan stint at Elland Road.

Warnock has decided that he doesn't want to sign the Dubliner permanently -- a major setback for the centre-half.

O'Dea, who has conceded that he must leave Celtic this summer for the sake of his career, was a fixture in the Leeds side throughout this campaign after being brought to the club on loan by previous manager Simon Grayson.

O'Dea is Ireland's third-choice centre-half behind Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger.

Suspension and injury problems meant that he figured in important qualifiers against Macedonia and Russia and, with some doubts still surrounding Dunne's comeback after injury, Trapattoni will be anxious that O'Dea stays fit and well.

Meanwhile, key Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar is a doubt for Euro 2012 after being ruled out of the remainder of Spurs' season by Harry Redknapp.

Kranjcar was the top scorer for the Croats in qualifying, and his absence would be a significant boost to Ireland ahead of their opening showdown in Poznan on June 10.

The Group C clash takes place seven weeks from tomorrow, and it is believed that the Croatian hierarchy feel that gives the player enough time to recover.

He sustained the setback in training last week, and Redknapp delivered the news yesterday, although there was no elaboration on his status with respect to national duty

The 27-year-old midfielder has been a peripheral figure with the Londoners during this season, taking part in just 18 games.

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