Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hamstring woes put paid to Reid and O'Brien

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IRELAND landed in Poznan last night without Andy Reid and Joey O'Brien after hamstring injuries ruled the Dublin duo out of tomorrow's friendly encounter.

Reid, who made a positive contribution as a sub to last Friday's 3-0 win over Latvia, felt discomfort in training on Saturday morning and was duly sent back to Nottingham Forest.

O'Brien managed to injure himself during Friday's warm-up. It is a setback for the 27-year-old, who has been frustrated by his attempts to establish himself in the international set-up.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will shuffle his pack for tomorrow's match in the Municipal Stadium – the scene of defeats to Croatia and Italy in Euro 2012 – with a view to giving some of players who did not feature against Latvia a run.

Defenders Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly and Sean St Ledger are all pushing for a place in the starting XI, but third-choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot will have to settle for a watching brief again.

"Poland will be a tough test for the players," said O'Neill. "They have some real threats in their squad but we will try to play to our strengths and show the same focus we displayed against Latvia. The match will also provide me with an opportunity to look at some of the options we have within the squad."

Irish Independent

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