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Four Players Called Into Ireland Squad Ahead Of Wales & Bulgaria Matches

Four Players Called Into Ireland Squad Ahead Of Wales & Bulgaria Matches

Four more players have been included in Stephen Kenny's Ireland squad as injuries and illness have once again ravaged the camp.

Injury has forced John Egan, Seamus Coleman and Harry Arter to return to their clubs, with news of Alan Browne's COVID-19 diagnosis coming yesterday.

It has meant that Anderlecht's Josh Cullen, Blackburn Rovers' Darragh Lenihan, Derby County's Jason Knight and Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark have all been added to the squad.

Furthermore, Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne and Swansea City left-back Ryan Manning will also link up with the squad ahead of this evening's training session at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Knight, who made his senior debut against Finland last month, has been called up from Jim Crawford's under 21s. Although there's been no direct replacement, an injury to Celtic's Luca Connell has meant that under 21s midfield ranks have been bolstered by St Patrick's Athletic's Jamie Lennon.

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Since moving to Anderlecht in the elongated summer transfer window, Cullen has made four appearances for the Belgian side.

Darragh Lenihan has been in stellar form for a resurgent Blackburn Rovers side this season, with the Meath man captaining Rovers for the majority of their matches this season.

Veteran centre half Ciaran Clark has found first team opportunities hard to come by at Newcastle United this season, mostly due to recovering from a broken ankle he suffered before the COVID-induced suspension of last season.

Ireland face Wales in Cardiff on Sunday before returning to the AVIVA to face Bulgaria in the final match of their Nations League campaign.

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Sean Meehan

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