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Saturday 18 November 2017

Injury woes pile up for Trapattoni ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Robbie Brady, left, and David Meyler during squad training ahead of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Germany on Friday
Robbie Brady, left, and David Meyler during squad training ahead of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Germany on Friday
John O'Shea in action against Stephen Kelly during squad training
Seamus Coleman, right, in action against Darren O'Dea
Ireland manager Gionvanni Trapattoni issues instructions during squad training

Damian Spellman

ASTON Villa defender Ciaran Clark was today called into the Republic of Ireland squad with manager Giovanni Trapattoni facing an injury crisis.

Clark was expected to arrive at the Republic's Portmarnock base this evening as the Italian faced up to the loss of central defender Sean St Ledger and midfielder Glenn Whelan, who were both due to have scans this afternoon.



The pair suffered hamstring injuries while playing for Leicester and Stoke respectively over the weekend and are rated as extremely doubtful to be fit for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands.



In addition, Sunderland winger James McClean has been ruled out of the clash with the Germans at the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening after a scan on Wearside revealed the extent of the hip injury he suffered during his club's 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.



A spokesman for the FAI said: "The results of James McClean's scan this morning in Sunderland showed a grade one hip flexor strain which will certainly rule him out for the Germany match and may exclude him for the Faroe Islands.



"McClean will remain at his club to receive treatment."



Trapattoni, who was already without experienced defender Richard Dunne, lost striker Kevin Doyle on Friday after he picked up a thigh problem training with Wolves at the start of a costly few days for Ireland.



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