Long, O’Shea boost for Ir­ish Euro hopes

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

LON­DON: Repub­lic of Ire­land boss Martin O’Neill re­ceived a ma­jor boost ahead of to­day’s Euro 2016 show­down with Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina when Shane Long and John O’Shea re­sumed train­ing. The pair, who missed the first leg in Zenica on Fri­day through a com­bi­na­tion of in­jury and sus­pen­sion, were joined by striker Jonathan Wal­ters, who like O’Shea, was sus­pended for the 1-1 draw. Daryl Mur­phy, who led the line in Long’s ab­sence in the first leg, was the only man to sit out the warm-up. O’Neill will hope Sun­der­land de­fender O’Shea, who has not played since dam­ag­ing a ham­string in the north-east derby against New­cas­tle two weeks ago, and Southamp­ton striker Long, who limped out of the 2-1 de­feat in Poland on Oc­to­ber 11 with a foot prob­lem, are both avail­able as the cam­paign draws to a close at Dublin’s Aviva Sta­dium. Rob­bie Brady’s strike in Bos­nia handed the Repub­lic a pre­cious away goal, mean­ing a 0-0 draw or any vic­tory will be enough to book their trip to France next year. — AFP

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