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John O'Shea | Defensemen | #16

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 165

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Sunderland brought an admirable defensive effort with the tough assignment of traveling to Anfield, but the Black Cats couldn't find the net and conceded twice late to lose to Liverpool, 2-0.
Credit to David Moyes' side for bringing a well-organized, effective defensive effort as Sunderland looked to improve upon back-to-back wins, but the Reds eventually got to them twice, when fatigue set in. Veteran John O'Shea returned to the XI and formed a solid partnership with Lamine Kone. The attack were not able to beat an improving Liverpool defense though, as Loris Karius made some impressive stops. Jordan Pickford continues to emerge as budding star between the sticks, but there was nothing he could do about the goal from open play or the penalty kick scored against him. Sunderland host Leicester City next weekend. Sat, Nov 26, 2016 12:12:00 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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John O’Shea is hoping to make a swift return from injury after he was named in a 35-man Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup Qualifier in Austria later this month.

O’Shea suffered a hamstring problem during the first half of last weekends’ 4-1 defeat to Arsenal and there were fears that the Sunderland defender could be out for an extended period. However, it now looks like the 35-year-old has a chance of returning in double quick time after Martin O’Neill included the centre-back for the upcoming international on November 12. David Moyes will assess O’Shea ahead of the trip to Bournemouth in game week 11, but if he fails to recover in time, then Papiss Djilobodji will deputise alongside Lamine Kone in the heart of the defence.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM

David Moyes admitted his squad is down the "bare bones" following the 1-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

Having played as a makeshift midfielder on the opening weekend at the Etihad, John O’Shea was back in a more familiar role on Sunday as injuries threaten to derail the Black Cats season before September. Moyes begrudgingly granted Younes Kaboul a move to Watford this week, the player citing personal problems, and Lamine Kone was told to stay away yesterday after claiming to have a back injury following his refusal to sign a new deal. Papiss Djilobodji came in for his debut, partnering O’Shea, but the Republic of Ireland international couldn’t see out the first half after he "popped his groin". With a shortage of central defenders, Jack Rodwell slotted into the back four but Moyes will be hoping for movement on the transfer front this week to help provide some much-needed reinforcements.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 05:10:00 AM

Sam Allardyce expressed concern that Sunderland may be without two regular starters for the weekend match against a struggling Southampton side.

The Sunderland manager has already ruled out Lee Cattermole for Saturday's match at the St. Mary's after suffering a concussion on Tuesday in a draw with Crystal Palace. The midfielder lasted only 16 minutes as a second-half sub before being taken off the pitch and the league's new concussion protocol requires further tests to be taken before a potential return. Meanwhile, John O'Shea could also be missing for the weekend after picking up a calf injury before the half-hour mark on Tuesday. Younes Kaboul came on for the Irish international and will likely start if O'Shea can't go.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Sunderland could be without defender John O'Shea for Wednesday's match against Liverpool after the center-back picked up a calf injury on Boxing Day against Manchester City.

Manager Sam Allardyce was not optimistic over the captain's chances to face Liverpool, but said the injury isn't too much to worry about: "It’s not too serious, but maybe serious enough for the exclusion from the squad for the Liverpool game. Risking him at less than 100% would be foolish because he could tear that muscle even more and be out for a longer time, like Younes Kaboul." Already without Kaboul, Allardyce said he will turn to either veteran defender Wes Brom or U21 stopper Tom Beadling alongside Sebastian Coates after resorting back to a four-man back-line.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he expects John O’Shea to miss the Republic of Irelands’ Euro qualifying play-off game against Bosnia after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring strain. "He hasn't been able to get fit for us in two weeks, so he's not going to get fit from a hamstring in 10 days."

The Sunderland defender returned to training on Thursday and the Blacks Cats’ boss was confident that O’Shea would be available for the visit of Southampton along with Fabio Borini, Ola Toivonen and Younes Kaboul on Saturday. However, the club revealed soon after the team news was announced that O’Shea was still feeling muscular discomfort and hadn’t been considered for the match-day squad. The setback is likely to mean at least another two weeks on the side-lines. "I wouldn't think he'll be anywhere near available for Ireland," Allardyce said.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said he doesn't expect John O'Shea to miss much more than one week, but will wait on scans to determine the full extent of his hamstring injury.

The Sunderland captain was subbed off in the first half against Newcastle on Sunday after pulling his hamstring while chasing down a pass. Along with Ola Toivonen, Allardyce remained hopeful it will only be a minor concern: "We’ll know more on John O’Shea when we can scan him. He feels it’s not a serious hamstring, more of a tweak. We’ll be lucky to get anyone back for next week, but hopefully they’ll only miss one game."
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 09:32:00 AM

Not long after Ola Toivonen had to exit the Sunderland v Newcastle United match, John O'Shea had to hit the showers early with a likely hamstring problem.

Already with their backs against the wall, in front of an intense home crowd against the bitterest of rivals, Sunderland can ill afford to burn two substitutions before halftime. O'Shea was replaced by Sebastian Coats in a like-for-like move.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 08:44:00 AM

Dick Advocaat is delighted with the improvement from Sunderland, but still looking to add three new faces…

After all the talk, anticipation and hope circling around Sunderland’s defensive reinforcements this summer, it was the return of John O’Shea at center-back that made the difference here. The Black Cats looked more solid and more competitive throughout. So whatever was said at the team meeting this week seems to be working. Boss Advocaat has said that he wants three more new players, but I suspect at least as many will be leaving before that happens. Danny Graham started upfront – Defoe’s third partner in three matches – but doesn’t look the answer. On the plus side, Jermain’s Defoe and Lens look sharp, carry a threat and linked-up well for the goal. Despite turning 33 in a few weeks, Defoe is still as good as many around the box and might be a decent value ‘third choice’ striker over the course of the season.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 03:42:00 AM

Sunderland captain John O’Shea says the competition for places at the center of defense is a manager’s ‘dream’…

Far be it from me to suggest what Dick Advocaat dreams about in his private moments, but his skipper John O’Shea has put himself forward. And Wes Brown, Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Coates. But not necessarily in that order. The acquisition of Kaboul and Coates (permanently) this summer has given Sunderland much more strength in depth, but which two of the four will start is not yet clear. O’Shea will play alongside debutant Kaboul in their friendly with Doncaster this week and are probably favourites to start on week one. Seb Coates is still a week or two behind his team-mates following an extended break due to the Copa America and Wes Brown ended last season out of form and the team. Plus, highly rated academy product Tom Beadling is predicted to make a breakthrough this season having travelled with the first team on their North American tour.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 10:42:00 AM

John O’Shea will be assessed after the Republic of Ireland defender limped off during Sundays’ friendly bore-draw with England.

O’Shea was replaced on 71 minutes because of tight calf muscles and manager Martin O’Neill confirmed the centre-back will undergo intensive treatment in the hope of being fit for next weekends’ crucial Euro qualifying match against Scotland. If O’Shea was to miss out then the recently released Paul McShane [Hull] would come into the reckoning along with Stephen Ward who is approaching full fitness following a lengthy ankle injury. Jon Walters was also seen struggling towards the end of the match but Martin O’Neill revealed the Stoke player was not suffering from an injury and fatigue was cited with no cause for concern.
Source: Setanta
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 02:17:00 AM

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is facing a race against time to feature in his side’s crucial battle of the basement clash with Leicester after struggling to shake off injury.

O’Shea picked up head and rib injuries during the win over Southampton in GW35 and the defender - who had previously started every domestic game this season - was forced to miss his first match after a late fitness test ruled him out of the trip to Goodison Park. The Irish international is also considered a big doubt for the visit of Leicester this weekend having failed to train with his team-mates during the build-up to the match. However coach Dick Advocaat will take confidence from the performance of his central pairing at Everton - Wes Brown and Sebastian Coates – who were excellent during the Sunderland win.
Thu, May 14, 2015 02:13:00 AM

John O’Shea ended his record of being the only Premier League player to have participated in every single minute of every game this season after failing to recover from a couple of early knocks against Southampton.

O’Shea required treatment following a collision with Shane Long before a rib injury ended his afternoon on the half hour mark as Santiago Vergini partnered Sebastian Coates in the heart of defence. Having won 3-points at the Stadium of Light Sunderland have given themselves a real chance of survival with a game in hand and Dick Advocaat will be sweating on the availability of his skipper. Wes Brown [knee] is expected to join the main group early next week but after almost 2-months out the defender may not be ready for a start.
Sun, May 3, 2015 11:05:00 AM

John O'Shea and Seb Larsson may miss Dick Advocaat's debut as Sunderland manager with a knock and ankle injury respectively.

While neither player has a serious injury, both are doubtful to participate in the Black Cats' Week 30 trip to Upton Park. After being mauled by Aston Villa last weekend and auditioning for a new manager, Sunderland players should be motivated to push past injuries and put on a good performance. If you have to make a guess, guess that both players will be at least available for the bench.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Sunderland have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

Poyet's sacking comes after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Sunderland just one point above the relegation zone after Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. "Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season," said chairman Ellis Short. "We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed." The Black Cats will have to move quickly to give any new manager enough time to have an impact and so an appointment is expected this week. Dick Advocaat, Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup, Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are the early favourites.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 10:44:00 AM