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Ireland's O'Neill: Premier League struggles won't affect Sunderland's O'Shea, Villa's Clark, Everton trio

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is confident that a handful of his players will not be negatively affected by their club's Premier League situations.

The likes of John O'Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy (all Everton) are all in relegation battles at club level but O'Neill is not expecting that to have a detrimental consequence as his Ireland side prepares to take on Poland in Euro2016 qualifying on Sunday.

"That's the nature of it, I wouldn't get too concerned," said O'Neill.

"Someone asked me quite rightly about whether I'd be concerned about three or four players going into the side and of course you would, it would stand to reason. It is what it is.

"I wouldn't be too concerned, though. The players are up, ready to go, there's a good enthusiasm around them.

"A month or six weeks ago you start to formulate a few plans but you know those disappear when you pick up a few injuries along the way or maybe some people have a bit of club form.

"Some players are coming in absolutely fine form, others have had trials and tribulations at club level which is a bit of a concern but I think put that to the side, just think of us.

"Just think of the game ahead. If you are coming in great form, then fantastic. If it's not, then don't worry."

Ireland currently sit fourth in Group D qualifying on seven points from four fixtures which has them just three in arrears of group leaders Poland.

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