Republic boss Martin O’Neill keen to avoid injuries ahead of Euro 2016 play-off

first_img Sunday’s draw pitched the Irish against the third-placed side from Group B, from which Belgium and Wales qualified directly. The Republic have met Bosnia just once before, with the Irish winning 1-0 courtesy of a Shane Long header in May 2012 under previous manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Long is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but with almost a month before the two-legged play-off, which will see the Republic play away first on Friday, November 13 with the return leg at the Aviva Stadium on Monday, November 16, O’Neill knows there is the potential for more setbacks. “I spoke to Shane a few days ago and he is optimistic,” he told Sky Sports News. “Like anything else, sometimes with these particular injuries you are going well for a little while, and then you have three or four or five days where the injury doesn’t seem to be healing up as quickly as you would imagine, so we’ll play it by ear. “We’ve got obviously a few problems to negotiate, we’ve got a couple of suspensions (Jon Walters and John O’Shea) and who knows what might happen in the next couple of weeks with players playing at club level. “Injuries are always a possibility but whatever we have when the time comes we will go for it. We will give it absolutely everything we’ve got in a bid to get to France.” Ireland were not seeded for the draw but avoided the likes of Sweden and Denmark, who will face each other in a Scandinavian derby. And O’Neill believes they can take encouragement from the four points they earned from two matches against world champions Germany in their two qualifying group games. “Those were terrific results for us,” he said. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is hopeful his side will not be hamstrung by injuries for next month’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Press Association “The late equaliser out in Germany was fantastic considering they were just back a couple of months from winning the World Cup. “But to follow it up in Dublin with a magnificent win has to give you great confidence and from that, because it’s so recent, we should take that confidence into these two games. “There was talk here that there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the seeded and non-seeded sides, but I think that if you asked any of us coaches who were unseeded, I think we would prefer to have been seeded. “If there’s any slight advantage to be had maybe it’s the second game being played in Dublin. “That said, I think that we would need to perform out in Bosnia to make sure that second game means something and that will not be easy.” The other two play-off matches see Ukraine play Slovenia and Norway tackle Hungary. last_img read more


first_imgMajella O’Donnell is set to give a ‘searingly moving’ account of her life so far in a tell-all new book, her publishers have announced.She will tell of the break-up of her first marriage, her fights with depression and later cancer and her life now with singer and husband Daniel.It’s All in the Head: My Story, charts her life story. The book will be released on October 9 by UK publishers Simon & Schuster just two weeks after her sister in law Margo O’Donnell launches her biography.Majella covers her decision to have her head shaved for cancer charities on the Late Late Show.“It was a public declaration from a private woman, a statement of enormous courage in her fight against breast cancer,” according to her publishers.Majella’s publishers promise readers a compelling story about “a woman who has learned about life the hard way, but who, with the love and support of her family, husband Daniel, and the public by her side has come through with a force of character and a deep-seated determination that will inspire us all”. Yesterday Daniel and Majella jointly undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge at The Irish Fiddler pub in Tenerife, making donations to both motor neurone and cancer services in Ireland. Daniel nominated Irish singer Dominic Kirwan, while Majella nominated Noeleen Murphy of the Irish Fiddler pub. MAJELLA SET TO RELEASE ‘SEARINGLY MOVING’ BIOGRAPHY was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:biographyMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more