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Sport James McClean will make his punditry debut on Sunday for Eir Sport

12:25  14 september  2018
12:25  14 september  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

Coleman suffers ankle injury on international duty

  Coleman suffers ankle injury on international duty Everton defender Seamus Coleman has been ruled out of Ireland’s friendly against Poland with an ankle injury. The BBC reports that Coleman has been dealt another injury blow after only returning to the international stage on Thursday. Ireland’s 4-1 defeat to Wales was Coleman’s first international game in 18 months after his previous long-term injury. The severity of the injury is yet to be revealed, as Everton prepare to face West Ham this weekend. Coleman’s injury is another unfortunate blow for manager Martin O’Neill, who has seen his ever-expanding casualty list grow even further. James McClean, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy and Shane Long are all unavailable through injury, while the squad is also without the likes of Harry Arter and Declan Rice. The Cardiff City midfielder opted not to join up with the team after reports of a row between O’Neill and Roy Keane, while the latter is keeping his international options open following talk of an England call-up.

Republic of Ireland's James McClean before the match © Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers Republic of Ireland's James McClean before the match

JAMES MCCLEAN WILL swap the pitch for the studio on Sunday afternoon, with the Ireland international set to make his punditry debut during Eir Sport’s coverage of this year’s EA Sports Cup final.

Derry City host Cobh Ramblers at the Brandywell at 4pm, with Kenny Shiels and Stephen Henderson battling for the first major piece of silverware of the season.

McClean made his name playing for Derry in the League of Ireland, making 79 appearances and scoring 16 goals for the club before earning a move to Sunderland in 2011.

Klopp delivers an update on when Fabinho will make his Reds debut

  Klopp delivers an update on when Fabinho will make his Reds debut Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Fabinho will get his chance to impress at Liverpool following his summer arrival, as reported by the Independent. The Brazilian international completed a big-money move to Anfield early in the summer transfer window after establishing himself as one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football. Fabinho, though, has not yet featured for Liverpool in their Premier League campaign, with Klopp even excluding him from his 18-man squads in recent times. This is nothing to do with the midfielder’s current condition nor performance, Klopp has insisted, as competition for places in the middle heat up at Anfield. “It’s good to have the situation as one might need a bit of time, or the others are more used to it. That’s the only reason. But he will come back. And now we have games every three days, and he has made big steps in the last few weeks. He could even play at the moment.” Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner are all in impressive form for the Reds, indicating that Fabinho has been made to wait for his chance ahead of a busy schedule for the team. Fabinho will now be keen to feature for Brazil as they gear up for fixtures against the United States and El Salvador. “Hopefully, now Fabinho has games with Brazil, and then after he comes back we have games, games, games. We have the whole of September a lot of games, only against top teams. We need all of the players, that’s good.” “We have come through the period where it looked like we didn’t need all of them because we played quite a consistent line-up and the level in training was high.” “That’s all cool. Hopefully, they all come back healthy as we have to use them all because of the number of games.

McClean has made 59 appearances for Ireland. © Ryan Byrne INPHO McClean has made 59 appearances for Ireland.

The 29-year-old Stoke City attacker made his debut for the Candystripes in 2008, before spending three seasons at the club where he picked up an SSE Airtricity League First Division title in 2010.

He will join former Shelbourne, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon as guests for Sunday’s final.

It is Cobhs’ first ever appearance in a major cup final, following their shock semi-final victory against holders Dundalk at the beginning of August at St Colman’s Park.

Derry, meanwhile, are looking to secure their first piece of silverware under boss Shiels and their first trophy since claiming the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium in 2012.

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Robertson aims to lead by example for Scotland

  Robertson aims to lead by example for Scotland Liverpool full-back and new Scotland Captain Andy Robertson has said that leading his country to a major tournament would be his greatest footballing achievement. Robertson enjoyed a breakthrough season for the Reds last season, having joined from Hull City last summer for just £8million. Now, as national captain, Robertson has ambition to take his country back to the big stage for the first time since 1998. As reported by BBC Sport, Robertson said: “The biggest honour you can have is to play for your country.” “If you are the one to lead them back to a championship then that would be special. It will be special for all the lads because none of us have experienced it.” At just 24-years old, Robertson is reasonably young to have received the captaincy, and the left-back is aiming to lead by example against Belgium at Hampden Park on Friday. He continued: “I aim to lead by example on the pitch and off it. If anyone ever needs someone to talk to, I’m the man to do it.” “I made my debut quite young, so I thought I aim to be in this squad for a long time.” “Once you make your debut, you think ‘can I captain this team?’. You can’t quite imagine it.” “I’m delighted it’s happened at an early age and hopefully I can lead this country for a long time.

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