Foley doubt may benefit Coleman

SEAMUS COLEMAN may yet make the 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012 as Kevin Foley missed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ last game of the Premier League season with a hamstring injury on Sunday.

SEAMUS COLEMAN may yet make the 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012 as Kevin Foley missed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ last game of the Premier League season with a hamstring injury on Sunday.

John O’Shea of Sunderland aggravated a calf injury late in the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United and Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill admitted he could be a doubt for the European Championships next month.

However, the Black Cats confirmed that O’Shea will join up with the rest of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Premier League-based players to start preparations in Malahide on Sunday. A club statement on Monday revealed it was an ankle injury and there is no lasting damage.

It read: “John suffered a knock to his ankle in training prior to the Fulham game, which he aggravated slightly in Sunday’s game against Manchester United.

“He was taken off as a precaution and following positive results from a scan last night, he will meet up with the Republic of Ireland squad as scheduled next week.”

Foley, who like Coleman can operate at right-back or on the right-hand-side of midfield, missed his side’s 3-2 loss at the hands of Wigan Athletic, a result that concluded a miserable season for the table croppers.

Foley was also injured for the 0-0 draw against Everton in the penultimate weekend of the season and has not played since the 4-4 draw with Swansea in April.

Everton’s Coleman has endured a frustrating term on Merseyside having picked up ankle ligament damage in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal and a number of niggly complaints throughout the campaign.

He was an unused substitute as Everton concluded their season with a fine 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Sunday, a result that meant they finished in seventh place, one ahead of rivals Liverpool.

The 23-year-old was named as one of five standby players, alongside goalkeeper Darren Randolph, Paul McShane, Paul Green and Andy Keogh by Trapattoni last Monday. Ireland open their Euro 2012 campaign against Croatia on June 10 in Poznan.

Meanwhile, Shay Given’s Aston Villa are searching for a new manager after Alex McLeish was sacked yesterday following their 17th place finish. The midlanders were defeated 2-1 at Norwich City on Sunday.