St Ledger joins lengthening injury list

St Ledger joins lengthening injury list

Giovanni Trapattoni is considering calling up an extra defender for Saturday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina with Richard Dunne, John O’Shea and Sean St Ledger all unlikely to be fit.

Assistant Marco Tardelli confirmed this morning that St Ledger has joined Dunne, who has a lower abdominal micro-tear and O’Shea, who reported for duty with an ankle problem, on the sidelines with a groin strain.

The Leicester defender still has a chance of being involved at the weekend, although Trapattoni is unwilling to risk the longer-term fitness of his walking wounded with less than three weeks to go before their opening Euro 2012 fixture against Croatia.

With full-back Kevin Foley having not trained all week because of a hamstring problem, Trapattoni could turn to his stand-by list, which includes Paul McShane and the versatile Seamus Coleman.

However, Tardelli indicated that McShane’s call-up is by no means a foregone conclusion.

In any case, he and Trapattoni are confident any replacement will only be temporary.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Shay Given is unlikely to be risked at the weekend as he continues his recovery from a knee problem with Sunderland’s Keiren Westwood the next man in line.

More on this topic

Tardelli hails 'fantastic year' for Irish footballTardelli hails 'fantastic year' for Irish football

Villa boss backs Ireland duo to learn from Euro 2012

Valcke: Ranking system tough to understandValcke: Ranking system tough to understand

No Russia approach for CapelloNo Russia approach for Capello

More in this Section

Odion Ighalo happy to continue Man Utd dream after ‘difficult few days’Odion Ighalo happy to continue Man Utd dream after ‘difficult few days’

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media

Protests like Jadon Sancho’s ‘deserve applause not punishment’ – FIFA presidentProtests like Jadon Sancho’s ‘deserve applause not punishment’ – FIFA president

Jack Grealish ‘deeply embarrassed’ by lockdown incidentJack Grealish ‘deeply embarrassed’ by lockdown incident


Lifestyle

More time indoors is a chance to consider how we buy for our homes without being slaves to fleeting trends, writes Carol O’CallaghanMore time at home offers a chance to consider how we buy for our interiors

Award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw share 10 of the best container plants. By Hannah Stephenson.10 of the best plants for pots

A slimmed-down Irish couple has written a bestselling cookery book featuring healthy versions of indulgent meals, says Clodagh Finn.The Daly Dish serves up healthy version of our favourite meals

David Brophy's new choir and a classic Ireland v Holland game feature among today's top tips.Thursday's TV Highlights: David Brophy's new choir and a classic Ireland v Holland game

More From The Irish Examiner