Saturday 18 November 2017

Jeff Hendrick sent for scan while Stephen Ward sits out Ireland training ahead of Denmark showdown

Jeff Hendrick and (inset) Stephen Ward
Jeff Hendrick and (inset) Stephen Ward

Jeff Hendrick has been sent for a scan on his injured glute just four days ahead of Ireland's World Cup play-off first leg against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Stephen Ward sat out training with Ireland today but only as a precaution.

Hendrick is now Martin O'Neill's main concern ahead of Saturday's match and with James McCarthy injured and David Meyler suspended for the Copenhagen clash, the loss of Hendrick would be huge for Ireland.

Hendrick was substituted during Burnley's 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, with O'Neill revealing yesterday that the Ireland star is now a doubt ahead of the trip to Copenhagen this weekend.

The attacking midfielder has been a key player for the Boys in Green throughout the qualifying campaign, and provided the crucial assist for James McClean's goal in the 1-0 win over Wales last month.

"Jeff, would be, he was substituted in the game," O'Neill said on Monday.

"He was feeling his injury at the time, he said he's improving.

"If the game was tomorrow morning, he might struggle, the most important thing is that he's hopeful and the medical team are hopeful too.

"He came off after 60 odd minutes, he was having a bit of a problem, he's still a bit sore so we'll see how he is."

Ireland squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City)

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Paul McShane (Reading), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Hull City), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall)

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