Shane Duffy could get the chance to blow away his end-of-season frustration in the United States after escaping injury in a road accident. The 25-year-old Brighton defender missed the final 11 games of his club's successful Sky Bet Championship promotion campaign after fracturing a metatarsal on March 4, but was involved in a Republic of Ireland training camp in Cork last week.
A Republic of Ireland footballer due to wed a Belfast beauty queen next month has been involved in a car crash. Eunan O'Kane (26) from Co Londonderry - who is to wed Northern Ireland model Laura Lacole (27) on June 22 - and Shane Duffy escaped injury in a road collision on their way to meet the international squad. Mr O'Kane and Ms Lacole are currently involved in a high-profile court case seeking legal recognition of their looming humanist wedding.
As a footballer, Paul Gascoigne was a one-off - a uniquely talented free spirit who threatened to take the game by storm. That he did not scale the heights his God-given ability suggested he should was due in part to injury and a complex personality which would not - and seemingly still refuses to - be tamed.