Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

An injury hit Ireland squad train in Dublin this morning ahead of Friday’s World cup qualifier with Wales at the Aviva.

Seamus Coleman sat out training yesterday with injury while James Mc Carthy and Daryl Murphy’s availability may become clearer within the next day or so.

Forward John Walters says they can deal with their injury issues

There’s renewed competition for places at centre half with Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark both absent this week.

John Egan – son of the six-time All Ireland winner with Kerry – could find himself in the reckoning.

And the Brentford defender says getting some game time would mean the world to the Egan family

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith says he expects Arsene Wenger to sign a new one-year deal at the club.

The suggestion’s been reported in several newspapers.

Wenger says he’s made his mind up about his future – but not revealed the details.

Smith says it’s an unusual situation

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy claims he’s received death threats over his alleged role in the sacking of Claudio Ranieri as manager.

The striker’s denied he had any part in the club’s decision – calling reports he was involved in a player meeting with owners “false”, a “shambles” and “hurtful”.

It’s reported Bastian Schweinsteiger has joined Chicago Fire from Manchester United.

The Chicago Tribune reports the former Germany captain could join up with the Major League Soccer franchise next week.

There’s been no confirmation from either the American club or United.

RUGBY

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he’s not yet decided who’ll captain his side on their tour of New Zealand this summer.

Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones, his predecessor Sam Warburton and England’s Dylan Hartley have all been linked with the job.

Gatland says it’s too soon to think about it

Ex Pro 12 winning Leinster Head coach Matt O’Connor is taking over at Premiership side Leicester.

It marks a return to Welford road for the Australian who spent three years at the club in a similar role under then-director of rugby Richard Cockerill – who was sacked in January.

Leicester are still on the hunt for a place in this season’s semi-finals.

 GAELIC GAMES

Tipperary will be without George Hannigan for Sunday’s vital Allianz Football League Division 3 clash with Louth.

The midfielder was sent off in last weekend’s win over Offaly and the Premier camp say they won’t be contesting the card.

Tipp are currently second in the table two points behind Louth with two matches remaining.

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