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Dara O'Shea completes cameo return for West Brom U23s as injury comeback ramps up

A boost for the Baggies and of course, for the Republic of Ireland.

The 22-year-old has been sidelined since sustaining an ankle injury on Ireland duty in September.
The 22-year-old has been sidelined since sustaining an ankle injury on Ireland duty in September.
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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND international Dara O’Shea completed a cameo return for the West Brom U23s this afternoon as he continues his injury comeback.

The centre-back has been sidelined since Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Portugal in Faro on 1 September, but started and played 45 minutes in today’s Premier League 2 derby with Birmingham City.

The Atheltic’s West Brom reporter, Steve Madeley, revealed the plan last week.

“Dara O’Shea pencilled in for a 45-minute comeback for the U23s at Birmingham on Monday,” he tweeted. “Might be in contention for a first-team return some time in February.”

The 22-year-old Dubliner enjoyed a solid return, leaving the field with his team 1-0 up, though it finished in a 3-2 defeat. 

O’Shea suffered an ankle fracture in Faro, which later required surgery, though his recovery has been largely positive with manager Valerien Ismael hailing the “warrior” in a positive injury update in late November.

Having featured 28 times in the Premier League in 2020-21, O’Shea had made a promising start to this season, playing in every minute of West Brom’s Championship campaign before injury struck on international duty.

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He’ll be hoping to pick up where he left off with the first-team soon, contributing to the Baggies’ promotion push as well as adding to his 10 senior Ireland caps.

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