McAuley injury fear

IPSWICH Town are today seating on the fitness of skipper Gareth McAuley after he limped out of Northern Ireland's 1-0 win over Slovenia with a hamstring problem.

Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town are today seating on the fitness of skipper Gareth McAuley after he limped out of Northern Ireland's 1-0 win over Slovenia with a hamstring problem.

McAuley was replaced after just 16 minutes into the World Cup qualifier after pulling up while playing right back for his country.

The Blues centre-half will be assessed today when he returns from international duty around lunch-time but there is a real fear he will miss out on the trip to Sheffield United.


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Alex Bruce came through unscathed after being away with the Republic of Ireland but did not play.

If McAuley does not come through then Bruce will vie with Iv�n Campo and Pim Balkestein for a starting place at Bramall Lane.

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