O’Shea predicts March return

MANCHESTER UNITED defender John O’Shea, pictured, has dismissed fears his season is over and predicts a return to football in March.

Alex Ferguson last week hinted the Irish international was facing an extended spell on the sidelines due to complications from a leg injury he sustained in Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat to France last November.

Ferguson said: “It’s like a dead leg except a dead leg is usually only three or four days. The problem is that the blood clot became all knotted and when it gets knotted you get calcification, so therefore it’s a long process to clear that up and he’ll probably be out for the rest of the season now.”

But the Waterford man is confident that he can return to football within six weeks.

“The boss said that I could be out for the rest of this season, but “could’’ and “would’’ are two very different words,’’ O’Shea said.

“To be honest I am much more hopeful about my injury situation which is improving at a very steady pace and I am very hopeful of being back in the action sometime in March.”

O’Shea, made his comments in Dungarvan at weekend where he was a guest the Park Hotel Waterford Supreme Sport Star Of The Year banquet at which jockey Tom Queally was named the overall award winner.

O’Shea remains confident that United, who returned to the top of the table following a 4-0 defeat of Hull City at the weekend, can retain their Premier League title.

He said: “There’s a lot of football to be played and I am much more than hopeful to be directly involved in a battle that could well go right down to the wire.

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