Monday 22 January 2018

Stephanie Roche discharged from hospital after injury scare

Republic of Ireland's Stephanie Roche. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland's Stephanie Roche. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Stephanie Roche has been discharged from hospital after falling awkwardly in Ireland's 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

The Sunderland striker had helped the Girls in Green get their campaign off to a winning start in Lurgan by operating in the lone attacker's role.

Her evening, however, finished on a worrying note after she left the pitch on a stretcher in stoppage time.

Despite the squad's medical team still awaiting scan results, she was deemed well enough to leave hospital later that night and travelled back to Dublin yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Irish Football Association are livid by UEFA's decision to prohibit the playing of national anthems or raising of association flags on Tuesday on unspecified "safety grounds".

"The Irish FA believes that the flag of both competing teams should be flown at a match venue and that their anthems should be played before a game," said the host association.

"While understanding the safety concerns behind the UEFA match delegate's decision, the association is disappointed that it was not possible for the normal pre-match protocols to be observed."

Leicester-born Republic boss Colin Bell was also miffed at the ruling on the occasion of his first competitive game in charge.

"Personally, I was a little bit upset that I wasn't able to sing the anthem for the first time because I've been practising it," Bell said.

Irish Independent

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