John O'Shea

Boss on O'Shea absence

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.”