Saturday 15 December 2018

Alan Browne is the latest Ireland star to be ruled out of Wales clash as injury crisis worsens

Alan Browne. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Alan Browne. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Preston midfielder Alan Browne has become the latest player to be ruled out of tomorrow's UEFA Nations League encounter with Wales in Cardiff.

The FAI have confirmed that he will miss the game with a calf injury. It is the latest blow to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill.

James McClean had surgery on a wrist injury he suffered in training earlier this week and also misses out.

O'Neill confirmed this evening that he had broken his wrist in two places.

"James is a loss for us, no question. He became a big figure for us in the World Cup campaign. He broke his wrist in two places yesterday. When he was being brought to hospital he was talking about ways in which he could play," he said.

Harry Arter has left the squad indefinitely because of a bust-up with Roy Keane earlier this year while Shane Long is also ruled out of the Wales clash with a foot injury.

Scott Hogan (groin), Robbie Brady (ankle), James McCarthy (leg) and Sean Maguire (hamstring) are all on the missing list.

Declan Rice misses the game as he mulls over whether to play international football for Ireland or England.

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