Martin O'Neill Provides Injury Update Ahead Of Wales Game

Henrietta Brewer
March 20, 2017

The FAI confirmed on Sunday night that Martin O'Neill's squad for the game had been reduced to 28 players, although Wes Hoolahan - who joined up with the squad despite coming off injured for Norwich at the weekend - remains in the panel.

Hoolahan picked up a serious-looking hamstring injury in Norwich's win over Barnsley on Saturday and Ireland manager Martin O'Neill told the press today that he's likely to be missing for a "number of weeks".

"We got news of the scan through this morning and the news it not great; not great for us, not great for him and not great for his club".

With star man Robbie Brady already suspended for Friday night's showdown at the Aviva Stadium, and first-choice central defensive pairing Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark, as well as midfielder Harry Arter, ruled out through injury it is an unwelcome development for Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill.

"It's the lengthiest list of list of injuries that I've known in my time in the job", he continued, "and it's come at an awkward time but we have other players who can step up".

Daryl Murphy is also a doubt and has remained in the United Kingdom to undergo a scan on a calf problem. "If he doesn't, well, we'll just have to do without him".

"Daryl Murphy is giving himself a chance".

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Conor Hourihane, David Meyler, Eunan O'Kane, Wes Hoolahan, James McClean, Jonathan Hayes, Daryl Horgan, Callum O'Dowda.

He said: 'Seamus has picked up a knock - it's precautionary. If he doesn't train tomorrow he'll train Wednesday. You know what he's like'.

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