Sunday 24 September 2017

O'Shea and Dunne among nine players to withdraw from Spanish game

Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne

Damian Spellman

John O' Shea has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Spain in New York on Tuesday following the death of his uncle.

The Sunderland defender was due to fly out of Dublin with his team-mates this afternoon, but left the camp after learning that his uncle, Jimmy O'Leary, had died.

A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: "The FAI, the Irish team management, backroom team and players all offer their sincere condolences to John O'Shea on the death of his Uncle, Jimmy O'Leary, in Waterford this morning."

O'Shea is one of nine members of the squad who will not make the trip with Shane Long and Aiden McGeady excused because they are getting married, Marc Wilson scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a metal plate from his leg, Glenn Whelan rested and Keiren Westwood, Wes Hoolahan and Jon Walters injured.

Richard Dunne also doesn't travel when it was expected that he might feature in the game.

Republic of Ireland Squad: David Forde, Darren Randolph, Aaron McCarey, Sean St Ledger, Seamus Coleman, Damien Delaney, Darren O'Dea, Paul McShane, Stephen Kelly, Richard Keogh, James McClean, David Meyler, James McCarthy, Andy Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Quinn, Robbie Keane, Simon Cox and Conor Sammon.


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