John O’Shea has dismissed fears over his fitness for the European Championships despite limping out of Sunderland’s Premier League defeat to Manchester United.
The Ireland defender has undergone a scan on the calf muscle injury that brought about his early withdrawal from the Sunday game.
O’Shea has told Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni that the injury is only a ‘minor’ one and he will meet up with the squad as planned next weekend.
“John underwent the scan on Sunday evening and early results from a scan were promising with no significant damage diagnosed,” said an FAI source.
Sunderland’s medical team are also confident that O’Shea will be fit to face Croatia in the Euro opener despite the recurrence of the injury which kept him sidelined for a month in March.
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill said after the game: “John didn’t feel comfortable. He has come back and he was starting to feel his injury, so he just didn’t feel confident moving on it.
“As he came off, my thought was there might be a concern with him for the Euros. Maybe I’m jumping the gun, but it might be a concern.”
O’Shea has now allayed those fears after the remainder of Trapattoni’s squad came through the final weekend of Premier League action with no other problems.