John O'Shea now a major doubt for second Euro 2016 play off game

Doubt: John O'Shea
Doubt: John O'Shea

John O'Shea, already suspended for the first leg of Ireland's upcoming Euro 2016 play off against Bosnia, is now a major doubt for the second after injuring his hamstring against Newcastle.

Sprinting for a ball in the high-pressure Tyne-Wear derby this afternoon the Sunderland defender went down with an apparent hamstring injury.

O'Shea had to be substituted immediately and the big worry for Irish fans is that he now has to be a major doubt for the crucial Euro 2016 play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The defender was already suspended for the first leg, in Bosnia, on Friday November 13 but he now will face a race against time to be fit for the return leg, in Dublin, on Monday November 16.

That game is now 22 days away so the severity of the hamstring injury will be key to whether the former Manchester United man will be fit for Martin O'Neill's side.