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Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy has had life-saving surgery after suffering a freak accident in a training match on Friday night.

The Everton teenager sustained a laceration to his liver after colliding with Irish amateur team goalkeeper Adrian Walsh at Malahide.

After being attended to on the pitch, he was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital for an emergency operation.

On Saturday night Duffy was making good progress in a recovery unit.

Team surgeon Professor John O'Byrne said: "Shane collided with a player in a way that you would see thousands of times in football matches.

"It was a freak injury that in another 100 years of medicine, we may never see again.

"The intensive care staff in the Mater must be credited for their expertise and fast response which in no uncertain terms saved Shane's life.

"Shane was stabilised in intensive care after the surgery which stopped internal bleeding."

The 18-year-old, who switched to the Republic having played for Northern Ireland youth teams, had been scheduled to remain with Giovanni Trapattoni's senior squad, solely for training purposes, ahead of friendly clashes against Paraguay and Algeria.

Unbelievable, almost as bad as that hockey goalie who had his throat cut by a trailing blade.

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Would you's have said the same to Stuart McCall, I don't think so. Hope the boy recovers well.

If he had been born in the RoI and chosen to play for Northern Ireland nothing would be said (tu)

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