Saturday 18 November 2017

'Red tape' denies former Ireland U-21 cap John O'Sullivan from facing Liverpool

Blackburn Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer
Blackburn Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer

FORMER Ireland U21 cap John O'Sullivan has been denied the chance to face Liverpool in the FA Cup tonight due to red tape.

The Dubliner is very much in the frame at Blackburn Rovers now, having made his first appearance of the season for the side in last week's win over Leeds United following two impressive loan spells away from the club.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer would like to have O'Sullivan, 21, available for the injury-hit squad to face Liverpool in tonight's replay but the FA have deemed the player ineligible. O'Sullivan didn't play in the FA Cup during his spells on loan to Accrington and Barnsley earlier this season so is not cup-tied, but because he was at Barnsley at the time of Blackburn's draw with Liverpool last month, he's not eligible for the replay.

O'Sullivan has made just two appearances for Blackburn but the club have high hopes for him next season.

Bowyer, meanwhile, believes it is "ridiculous" his Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers is entertaining questions about a possible crisis at Anfield. "I think it's ridiculous that after losing two games, the team that was hailed prior to those two games as being the best in the Premier League then comes in for that," he said.

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