Thursday 22 February 2018

Irish stars return from injury and illness for weekend games

FOUR Irish stars are set to return to their respective Premier League squads for games over the weekend.

Fulham winger Damien Duff, who recently retired from the international scene is available for tomorrow's clash at Reading after recovering from an illness.

Meanwhile Reading forward Noel Hunt could make his comeback from a heel injury in the same game.

Elsewhere, Stoke boss Tony Pulis could be set to welcome back midfielder Glenn Whelan into his side for tomorrow's match against Sunderland.

Whelan returned to training on Thursday after recovering from the hamstring problem he picked up in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool earlier this month.

Pulis has no other injury worries ahead of the clash at the Britannia but striker Cameron Jerome could be set to leave the club on loan before the weekend after npower Championship side Blackburn were strongly linked with a move for the player.

And at West Ham, manager Sam Allardyce will welcome defender Joey O'Brien back into the squad for tomorrow's clash at Wigan.

The 26-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during the Hammers' 2-1 win at QPR at the start of the month and his return will ease Allardyce's defensive worries.

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