John O'Shea

Boss on O'Shea absence

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by Stuart Vose

Illness led to defender missing City win.

Martin O’Neill has confirmed that John O’Shea missed the Manchester City game due to an illness.

The stand-in skipper wasn’t in the squad for the 1-0 win over City, with Carlos Cuellar taking the armband in his absence.

O’Neill revealed after the game that O’Shea hadn’t been feeling 100% for a couple of days, adding:

“We did some training last night and he wasn’t really up to it. He hadn’t improved today so we left him out. 

"It wasn’t worth the risk; I hope he’ll get over it pretty quickly.”