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Worry for Ireland as Long, O'Shea and Arter all pick up injuries

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AFC Bournemouth v Southampton - Barclays Premier League - Vitality Stadium Harry Arter chasing Oriel Romeu of Southampton tonight. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

A TRIO OF Irish internationals were forced to leave the pitch early during this evening’s Premier League matches.

Bournemouth and Southampton met at the Vitality Stadium, where Shane Long started for the visitors despite coming off with a hamstring problem in Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea.

However, the Tipperary striker had to be substituted on 69 minutes after a challenge with Bournemouth’s Steve Cook.

The change came minutes after the withdrawal of international team-mate Harry Arter, who signalled to the bench that he had picked up an injury and was replaced by Dan Gosling.

AFC Bournemouth v Southampton - Barclays Premier League - Vitality Stadium Long with Simon Francis. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

At the Stadium of Light, Black Cats defender John O’Shea came off holding his leg on 28 minutes in Sunderland’s clash with Crystal Palace.

All three players will almost certainly be featuring in Ireland’s upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia on 25 and 29 May if fit.

Bournemouth were 2-0 winners over Southampton thanks to goals from Cook and Benik Afobe, while Sunderland and Crystal Palace drew 2-2.

Dame N’Doye scored first before Connor Wickham bagged a double against his former club, but Fabio Borini snatched a point for Sam Allardyce’s side in the 90th minute.

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