Saturday 23 September 2017

Worrying news for Martin O'Neill as two more Irish injury doubts emerge

Hoolahan picked up an injury playing for Norwich
Hoolahan picked up an injury playing for Norwich

Conor Neville

Worrying news for Ireland ahead of next week's World Cup qualifier against Wales. The purist's dreamboat Wes Hoolahan left the field injured during Norwich's 2-0 win over Barnsley this afternoon.

He suffered a thigh strain before half-time and was replaced by Stevie Naismith. Hoolahan is officially deemed to be doubtful for next Friday's match-up.

Norwich's interim manager Alan Irvine did confirm that Hoolahan was likely to travel to Dublin but said the Irish medical staff would have to make a call.

Elsewhere, it's being reported by the Northern Echo that Ciaran Clark will be sidelined for a "lengthy spell" after picking up an injury.

There are also fears that Harry Arter for availability. The midfielder has a calf problem and has been omitted from Bournemouth's matchday squad against Swansea.

With Robbie Brady suspended and Shane Duffy's absence through injury already confirmed, it means Ireland could be forced to field a dramatically different side to the one which triumphed over Austria in Vienna last November.

On the plus side, Aiden McGeady, rejuvenated at Preston, scored again this afternoon, grabbing a last minute equaliser against Blackburn.

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