Monday 11 December 2017

O'Shea to miss Spain friendly

John O'Shea has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Spain in New York on Tuesday following the death of his uncle.

The Sunderland defender was due to fly out of Dublin with his team-mates this afternoon, but left the camp after learning that his uncle, Jimmy O'Leary, had died.

"The FAI, the Irish team management, backroom team and players all offer their sincere condolences to John O'Shea on the death of his uncle, Jimmy O'Leary, in Waterford this morning," said a spokesman for the FAI.

O'Shea is one of nine members of the squad who will not make the trip.

Shane Long and Aiden McGeady have been excused because they are getting married, Marc Wilson is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a metal plate from his leg, Glenn Whelan is rested and Keiren Westwood, Wes Hoolahan and Jon Walters are injured.

Republic of Ireland squad (v Spain): David Forde, Darren Randolph, Aaron McCarey, Sean St Ledger, Seamus Coleman, Damien Delaney, Darren O'Dea, Paul McShane, Stephen Kelly, Richard Keogh, James McClean, David Meyler, James McCarthy, Andy Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Quinn, Robbie Keane, Simon Cox and Conor Sammon.

Irish Independent

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