| 3.2°C Dublin

Duffy boost for Ireland after training return as Gibson signs up with Salford

Close

Shane Duffy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Shane Duffy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

Shane Duffy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Shane Duffy has allayed fears that he could be in bother for Ireland's Euro 2020 playoff tilt by returning to training with Brighton.

The defender was sidelined after a minor operation on his shin, with initial reports stating he needed to remove a blood clot.

Problems of that nature can turn out to be more complicated than originally anticipated, but Brighton boss Graham Potter says the Derryman has returned to training.

Indeed, he even has an outside chance of involvement in tomorrow's Premier League meeting with Watford.

"Shane trained this morning and that's good for us," said the Brighton boss yesterday.

Mick McCarthy detailed a positive discussion in the latest fai.ie scouting report, which again included an encouraging mention for Shane Long after he scored another goal for Southampton on Wednesday.

He said Long is 'pressing all the right buttons' with March in mind while Duffy has no doubts about his fitness.

"I have spoken to Shane (Duffy) and he tells me he will be fine," said McCarthy. "Trust me, if Shane says he will be okay then he will be okay as he has proven to me already in this campaign."

Frustrating

It's turned out to be a frustrating season for Duffy, who has found himself in a watching brief on a regular basis with Potter favouring ball-playing centre-halves.

Elsewhere, Duffy's fellow countyman, Darron Gibson, has made a return to football with League Two side Salford City.

The 32-year-old has been out of football since his departure from Wigan last summer.

Salford shot through the non-leagues due to strong financial backing driven by businessman Peter Lim and Manchester United 'Class of 92' members Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.

He made minimal impact at Wigan following a challenging period in his career, with a second drink driving charge in the space of three years preceding his departure from Sunderland.

The player was spared jail and ordered to complete community service after a court case.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are on the verge of announcing that Troy Parrott has signed a new contract with the club. Reports in England say that the Dublin teenager has agreed the three-year contract that had been a talking point throughout the month of January.

There was never any doubts about the player's intentions.

Irish Independent