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Faroes face squad crisis

THE FAROE ISLANDS are facing a squad crisis ahead of tomorrow's game in Dublin as injuries and suspensions could force their manager Lars Olsen to throw in a batch of debutants for the Lansdowne Road clash.

The Faroes are keen to regain some pride after a 6-0 mauling at the hands of Austria in their last game and their preparations for the Dublin tie could not be faulted as their squad arrived in town as early as Tuesday.

However, they will have a new-look midfield as both captain Frodi Benjaminsen and Hallur Hansson are both suspended.

Attacking midfielder Christian Holst has a stomach problem and is a doubt for the game and defender Jónas Tór Næs is also a concern.

"Spirits are high in our squad, even though we have several new players in the squad. The players believe that they can get a good result on Friday, although we know that Ireland will bring everything they've got in order to secure as big a win as they can against us," said manager Olsen.