SIMON COX faces a two-month spell on the sidelines after sustaining ankle ligament damage playing for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
He is on course to be available for Ireland's next outing – the February friendly with Greece – but Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll says they will know more in a fortnight.
"It doesn't need surgery, but he will have to be non-weight bearing for two weeks," O'Driscoll said. "Then they will X-ray it again to see if it's healing. If it is then there will be no more intervention.
"If it isn't healing they will probably have to pin it or staple it, but we should know more in two weeks."