Shane Duffy's hopes of playing for Ireland in the play-offs next month are in doubt after he was substituted in Brighton's game on Sunday at home to Everton.
Man-of-the-match against Wales on Monday evening, the Derry defender has been one of Martin O'Neill's star performers after breaking into the first team at Euro 2016.
Duffy landed awkwardly in the final 15 minutes, and immediately held his upper thigh/groin. Brighton's medical team tried to treat the centre-half but he was substituted.
After his performance in Cardiff and good form this season in the Premier League, Martin O'Neill will be sweating over his fitness.
The play-off draw takes place on Tuesday afternoon, with the first leg set to take place in three-and-a-half weeks time.
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Duffy and Ciaran Clark have formed an impressive partnership in the centre of defence for Ireland, having started the past four games together.
The late substitution will give the Irish backroom team some nervous days as they hope Duffy will be fit for next month's double-header.