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O'Shea a doubt for Ireland

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has a major injury concern over defender John O'Shea ahead of Tuesday night's Euro 2012 qualifier in Russia.

O'Shea, who finished Friday night's 0-0 draw with Slovakia with a sore Achilles tendon, is being treated for a calf injury, although assistant manager Marco Tardelli is hopeful that he will be fit to play in Moscow.

The Sunderland defender, who started at right-back against the Slovakians, is a candidate to replace the suspended Sean St Ledger in Moscow,

Trapattoni also has concerns about keeper Shay Given, who was struggling with a back injury ahead of the Slovakia game.

Given did not train at Malahide on Sunday morning as medical staff assessed his problem.


From Belfast Telegraph