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Dara O’Shea returns to full training for West Brom

Dara O’Shea will be back in action for West Brom before long.

Ireland defender Dara O’Shea is back in ‘full training’ for West Bromwich Albion and could be back playing Championship football next month.

22-year-old O’Shea fractured his ankle in the 36th minute of Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Portugal back in September and was expected to miss virutally the whole season.

However, O’Shea surpassed expectations at each juncture of his road to recovery and has made ““massive progress” in recent times according to manager Valérien Ismaël.

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Dara O’Shea to play with West Brom under-23s for match fitness.

Although not 23 until March, O’Shea is already a pivotal player for West Brom. The Ireland international scored two goals and kept two clean-sheets in the Baggies’ first five games of the campaign and his return should provide a big boost to their promotion ambitions.

“He’s back in full team training now,” explained Valérien Ismaël on West Brom’s official website.

“He will need maybe another couple of full weeks with the squad and some games with our PL2 side to get the confidence and match fitness back.

“We are really pleased. It’s great for Dara,” he added.

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Dara O’Shea.

Dara O’Shea made his Ireland debut against Finland in the UEFA Nations League and was named as the FAI Young Player of the Year for 2020. He was capped a further nine times before going off injured against Portugal.

The Dubliner joined West Brom in 2017 but learned his craft out on loan with Hereford FC and and Exeter City. He eventually got his chance for the Baggies first team in the 2019/2020 Championship season as they won promotion to the Premier League

O’Shea played 28 times in England’s top flight under Slavan Bilic and Sam Allardyce, but couldn’t save West Brom from relegation as they finished on 26 points.

This season started brightly for the defender and he will now hope to make up for lost time following such an untimely setback.

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