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Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady

ROBBIE BRADY is set to miss out on Ireland's March 5 friendly with Serbia after a training ground setback that could confine the 22-year-old to the sidelines for another three weeks.

The Dubliner has suffered a dreadful run of luck since beginning his first campaign as a fully fledged Premier League player with a bang, scoring four times for Hull before undergoing a hernia operation at the end of September.

Brady made a relatively quick return but complained of continued pain in the groin area, temporarily falling out with manager Steve Bruce when he suggested the issue was in the player's head.

Evidently, there is an underlying issue causing a problem for the ex-Manchester United youth and it flared up again in training on Sunday, which meant he was unavailable for their FA Cup draw with Brighton on Monday.

Brady, who missed the opening double-header of the Martin O'Neill-Roy Keane regime, underwent a scan yesterday which indicated he will out of action for a further three weeks, thus scuppering O'Neill's plan to include him on the list of names that will be announced in Limerick tomorrow.

Irish Independent