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Fresh keeper worry for Ireland boss O'Neill


Darren Randolph

Darren Randolph

Darren Randolph

Martin O'Neill has his fingers crossed that Darren Randolph can shake off his knee injury in time to feature for West Ham against Chelsea in the League Cup tonight.

First-choice keeper with Ireland, Randolph has played just one game at club level in the last two months and O'Neill is keen to see him get game time before next month's World Cup tie in Austria.

But Randolph was absent from the Hammers squad for their last league game and boss Slaven Bilic was unsure if the Bray man would be fit to face Chelsea this evening. "We are going to put a strong team out; as strong as possible," he said.

Adding to O'Neill's concerns in goal is the fact that back-up keeper Keiren Westwood is still suffering from a back injury.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal is unsure if Westwood will be back for next weekend's league action, or even when he will return. "He's still feeling pain in the back so I don't know," Carvalhal said of Westwood.

As Shane Long and James McCarthy are out for an unspecified length of time with hamstring problems, O'Neill's also concerned by the ongoing absence of Daryl Murphy from the Newcastle squad.