O’Shea likely to start against Andorra

Sunderland defender John O’Shea should be fit to start in place of the suspended Richard Dunne in Ireland’s penultimate Euro 2012 qualifier against Andorra on Friday evening.

The 30 year old former Manchester United man was a concern after joinging up with the squad carrying a knock but came through Monday’s training session unscathed.

It is likely that Giovanni Trapattoni will opt for the experience of O’Shea rather than pairing Sean St Ledger and Darren O’Dea at centre back for the crucial clash but the Italian is prepared to wait and see how O’Shea holds up over the coming days before finalising his decision.

“I don’t think anything was decided today”, said assistant Marco Tardelli, “O’Shea can play there too and we have two days to decide.”

O’Shea has made only three appearances for Sunderland since signing in January after picking up a hamstring strain during pre-season.

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