Tuesday 16 January 2018

O'Shea return a welcome boost to Trap and Ferguson

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

JOHN O'SHEA has delivered a welcome boost to both Alex Ferguson and Giovanni Trapattoni by returning to first-team training.

The Waterford man has been absent since Ireland's heartbreaking play-off loss to France in November, with what appeared to be a routine setback complicated by calcification of a blood clot in a thigh muscle.

Ferguson hinted that it could be serious enough to end O'Shea's season, with graver rumours suggesting that he would struggle to return in 2010 -- thus ruling him out of Ireland's early Euro 2012 qualifiers. But the 28-year-old is now back training with the Manchester United first team.

Trapattoni will be relieved as the prospect of entering the autumn without O'Shea would have worried the Italian greatly.

Irish Independent

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