Wednesday 22 January 2020

John Giles has picked his Ireland starting 11 for crunch World Cup qualifier against Austria

Wes Hoolahan and (inset) Shane Duffy and John O'Shea
Wes Hoolahan and (inset) Shane Duffy and John O'Shea

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While Austria go into Sunday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium (5pm kick off) in a somewhat state of disarray, Martin O'Neill's Ireland can take a huge step towards qualification for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Austria lost yet another player in the build up to the Group D clash with Sparta Prague striker Marc Janko sidelined with tonsillitis.

Janko, who is tied for fourth among Austria's all-time leading goalscorers with 28 goals in 61 games, is the seventh player to drop out of Marcel Koller's squad with midfielders Marko Arnautovic and Stefan Ilsanker unavailable through suspension, while goalkeepers Robert Almer (cruciate) and Andreas Lukse (calf strain), and Schalke midfielder Alessandro Schoepf (knee) have all been sidelined through injury.

Austria will also be without Red Bull Salzburg full-back Andreas Ulmer who arranged his wedding for this weekend.
JOHN GILES' Ireland team to face Austria:

Robbie Brady is back from suspension for the Boys In Green while Jon Walters is expected to train today after sitting out yesterday's session.

Cyrus Christie is the obvious replacement for long-term absentee Seamus Coleman while at centre-half, John O'Shea, Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh are vying for the two spots up for grabs.

With James McCarthy absent, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter should get a rare starts.

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