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'It didn't look too good' - John Egan undergoes scan amid fears of serious injury

The Irish international was stretchered off against West Ham last night.

Egan is treated for the injury he sustained against West Ham.
Egan is treated for the injury he sustained against West Ham.
Image: PA

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND international John Egan has undergone scans on a foot injury sustained in a Premier League game against West Ham last night, amid fears he faces a lengthy lay-off.

Sheffield United say results of the scan are not expected until later this week. 

Egan was stretchered off in the closing minutes of Sheffield United’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham last night, beckoning to the bench in pain after blocking a Jesse Lingard shot. 

“It didn’t look too good with the stretcher”, said Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder after the game. “He’s on crutches now, and that caps a miserable night for us. He’s a tough Irish boy so for him to stick his hand up wasn’t a good sign.”

The Sheffield United account tweeted Egan’s injury appeared to be “serious” shortly after he was stretchered off. 

Egan is likely a major doubt for the opening games of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins with a crucial game away to second seeds Serbia on 24 March, followed by a home tie with Luxembourg on 27 March. 

The 28-year-old defender is a firm favourite of Stephen Kenny’s – the manager has often heralded his comfort on the ball and ability to bring the ball from defence – but he has missed more action than he has played thus far, starting four of Ireland’s eight games under their new manager through a combination injury and status as a Covid-19 close contact. He was also substituted in the early stages of the friendly defeat to England with a head injury. 

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If Egan does miss next month’s internationals, it leaves Kenny with further defensive dilemmas. Shane Duffy has been ever-present thus far, but he has since dropped out of the Celtic team amid a wretched run of form, with Ciaran Clark, Kevin Long and Dara O’Shea the alternative options. 

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