Saturday 15 December 2018

Harry Arter forced to pull out of trimmed down Ireland squad for Turkey international

Manager Martin O'Neill finalises his Ireland squad. Photo: Sportsfile
Manager Martin O'Neill finalises his Ireland squad. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has trimmed down his Ireland squad ahead of the trip to Turkey next week, with Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter forced to pull out with a calf injury.

Arter has fallen out of favour with Bournemouth this season and has failed to make Eddie Howe's first team squad for Premier League games in recent weeks, but he was relieved to be included in the Ireland squad named by O'Neill.

“I’m so grateful that I have been included in the Ireland squad because it has been a difficult few months for me at Bournemouth,” Arter told the Sunday World.

“The reasons why I have not even been getting in the bench is ultimately the managers decision and I have to respect that and I didn’t know where it would leave me with Ireland.

“Thankfully, I had a chat with Martin O’Neill last week and he wanted to know what my position was at Bournemouth and assess whether I would be ready to play this game and I told him how much I wanted to me involved."

Arter was forced to pull out of the squad after injuring his calf in training on Wednesday, with Reading's Liam Kelly, defender John Egan and full-back Greg Cunningham also dropping out of the squad.

Goalkeepers Rob Elliot (back) and Keiren Westwood (ankle) miss out due to injury, with Ross County stopper Aaron McCarey and Bradford's Colin Doyle added to the travelling party.

O'Neill has selected eight uncapped players - McCarey, Kieran O'Hara, Matt Doherty, Declan Rice, Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams, Enda Stevens and Scott Hogan - as he looks to reshape his squad after missing out on the World Cup finals.

But there is a welcome return for a familiar face with captain Seamus Coleman back among the ranks after recovering from the double leg fracture he suffered in March last year.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Aaron McCarey (Ross County)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), David Meyler (Hull City), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire (Preston North End)

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