Injury scare for Shay ahead of the Euros

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Injury scare for Shay ahead of the Euros
By @leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

In a week when he celebrated his 40th birthday, Shay Given picked up another injury, seven weeks ahead of the Euros.

The Lifford man was forced off at half time as Stoke City lost against his former club Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Given had conceded twice in the first half before a groin problem forced his retirement. Man City went on to win 4-0.

It's another blow to Given who had been hoping for some game time at Stoke, having missed much of the season to injury.

He hasn't played for the Republic of Ireland since suffering a knee injury against Germany back in October.

Given is competing with Darren Randolph and David Forde for a place in the Ireland squad, with Keiren Westwood reported to be out of favour with Irish manager, Martin O'Neill.

It's thought his latest injury is not as bad as first feared and he could return to action within the next fortnight.

Meanwhile Seamus Coleman's absence through injury continued over the weekend as he missed Everton's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.

The Killybegs man has been out since the middle of April after suffering a hamstring injury in Everton's 1-1 Premiership draw with Southampton. Unfortunately for Coleman, he won't have a Wembley cup final to look forward to after the Toffees conceded late in Saturday's semi-final and lost 2-1.

Injury also cost Donegal's Carl McHugh his place in the Plymouth team on Saturday. The League 2 promotion hopefuls lost 3-2 at home to Dagenham and Redbridge.