In brief: McGeady to return soon - Spartak
SPARTAK Moscow were today relieved to discover that Ireland star Aiden McGeady will only miss two weeks of the Russian league season with an ankle injury.
McGeady left the Ireland camp ahead of last week's friendly against Italy in Belgium to play for Spartak in a league game at home to Rubin Kazan but the former Celtic man lasted only 35 minutes of that game before he was taken off with an injury and there were fears that he could be out for a long period.
“Aiden’s injury was not a nice one but we hope he will only be out for two weeks,” says Spartak coach Andrei Tikhonov. “Aiden is not one of those players who hides, he wants to play and if he’s not able to play then his injury is something serious.” McGeady has been linked with a move to Italy - Juventus have been mentioned - but the player says he’s content to stay in Russia and help Spartak, currently eighth in the league, move up the table.
Cillian close to US move
IRELAND’S forgotten man Cillian Sheridan is closer to a move to the USA after he impressed again on trial with MSL side Seattle Sounders.
Sheridan, capped three times by Giovanni Trapattoni, has two years left on his contract with Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia and even though he helped them qualify for Europe next season - Sheridan came on as a sub when CSKA won the Bulgarian Cup last month - he does not appear to have a future at the club. The Cavan lad is on trial with the Seattle Sounders and scored in his second appearance for their reserves over the weekend. The club will now decide whether to make a formal offer for Sheridan or to sign him on loan for the rest of the MLS season.
Bohs may offer Downes a deal
PAT FENLON hopes that the addition of a new striker - possibly former Ireland U21 man Aidan Downes - could help Bohemians with their goalscoring problems. “We’re not scoring many goals, but we don't concede too many either, we have the second-best defensive record in the league,” said Fenlon. “We spoke to Aidan Downes over the weekend and we’ll try and get him in if we can.”