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Friday 13 December 2019

O'Dea 'not yet ready' at Donetsk

UKRAINIAN side Metalurh Donetsk will give Ireland international Darren O'Dea time to settle in at the club after he was substituted at half time on his debut.

O'Dea, who only agreed terms with Metalurh mid-way during last week, was pitched straight into the team for a league game at home to Karpaty Lviv on Saturday, but the former Celtic man was replaced during the half-time break, Donetsk coach Yuri Maksimov admitting that O'Dea was "not yet ready".

The Dubliner is in line to make his European debut for the club next month as Metalurh will play the winners of the tie between Kukesi (Albania) and FK Sarajevo (Bosnia) in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

MCGEADY STRIKES FOR SPARTAK

AIDEN McGEADY has helped Spartak Moscow get off to a perfect start in the new Russian league season.

The Ireland international came off the bench to open the scoring for Spartak away to Ural Ekaterinburg yesterday, and that 2-0 win allowed Spartak claim their second win in two games and go top of the table.

"I like to score and I am happy when I do so, I can only thank my team-mates who saw me in a scoring position," said McGeady, who was given an extended summer break by the club to take into account his involvement with Ireland last month.

"I have only been training with the full squad for a week so the game wasn't easy for me but I'm glad that the manager gave me a chance to play."

– AIDAN FITZMAURICE

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