Long shot: Shane unlikely to be fit for crucial Estonia clashes
SHANE Long looks like losing his battle to be fit for Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off clashes with Estonia.
West Brom assistant boss Michael Appleton says he would be "very surprised" if Long has recovered from his knee injury in time for matches..
The midland club predicted Long would be sidelined for six weeks when he suffered the setback 12 days ago against Aston Villa in a wild challenge from Alan Hutton.
But he was still named in the squad by boss Giovanni Trapatton.
Said Appleton: "Shane is doing everything the physios are asking him to do. He is working hard on the bikes but has not done any impact stuff.
"I have seen players come back from injuries ahead of when they are expected to. But I would be very surprised if Shane is available for the Ireland game. He will have to make a massive recovery in the next week or so."
Ireland plays in Tallinn on November 11 and the second leg is in Dublin on November 15.