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Long and O'Shea come through training unscathed

Shane Long hasn't played since picking up an injury against Poland
Shane Long hasn't played since picking up an injury against Poland

John O'Shea and Shane Long handed Ireland boss Martin O'Neill a major boost when they returned to training ahead of Monday night's Euro 2016 showdown with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The pair, who missed the first leg in Zenica on Friday through a combination of injury and suspension, were involved in the warm-up on Sunday morning in Abbotstown before the closed section of the session got under way.

They were joined by striker Jonathan Walters, who like O'Shea, was suspended for the 1-1 draw at the Bilino Polje Stadium.

Daryl Murphy, who led the line in Long's absence in the first leg, was the only man to sit out the warm-up.

O'Neill will hope Sunderland defender O'Shea, who has not played since damaging a hamstring in the Wear-Tyne derby on October 25, and Southampton striker Long, who limped out of the 2-1 defeat in Poland on October 11 with a foot problem, are both available as the campaign draws to a close at the Aviva Stadium.

Robbie Brady's strike in Bosnia handed Ireland a precious away goal, meaning a 0-0 draw or any victory will be enough to book a trip to France next summer.