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Injury Concerns As Martin O'Neill Confirms 25 Man Squad For Serbia & Georgia

Injury Concerns As Martin O'Neill Confirms 25 Man Squad For Serbia & Georgia
By Mikey Traynor
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Martin O'Neill has named his 25 man squad for Ireland's upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and Serbia, and there is no place for Seanie Maguire while Jeff Hendrick will miss out through injury.

There were, and still are, a number of injury concerns across different positions for O'Neill to deal with ahead of two matches that are very significant in deciding how the group is going to end up looking.


Of the players that are in the squad, Jon Walters, David Meyler, and Keiran Westwood are all doubts as the FAI confirmed in a press release on Monday.

Injuries have ruled out James McCarthy (hamstring) and Jeff Hendrick (quad), while Eunan O'Kane reported into camp but has since returned to his club due to an ongoing groin complaint.

Keiren Westwood (knee), David Meyler (knee) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) did not take a full part in training, as a precautionary measure, on Monday, August 28 but are due to train on Tuesday.

Aiden McGeady and David McGoldrick are both due to report into camp on Tuesday after being afforded extra time due to personal reasons.

The squad will have three more sessions there before departing for Tbilisi on Thursday for the game against Georgia.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)
Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley)
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), David Meyler (Hull City), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Jonathan Hayes (Celtic), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City)
Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town)

It's disappointing to see Seanie Maguire's name omitted after his good start for Preston, but it was always likely to be the case, especially as McGoldrick and Murphy have also started the Championship season in fine form and O'Neill has said he plans to be patient with the former Cork striker.


The midfield could be a worry with McCarthy and Hendrick out, although Conor Hourihane could be given a chance to see if he can replicate his early season form for Villa in the green jersey.

Georgia on Saturday, Serbia on Tuesday, we'll have a good idea where we stand in terms of World Cup 2018 after those two games.

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