Thursday 23 November 2017

Martin O'Neill confirms he won't be using upcoming friendlies to blood new talent

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
Paul Hyland

Paul Hyland

MARTIN O'Neill wont't be using upcoming friendlies to blood any new talent and will instead try to give idle legs some football before Ireland's crunch World Cup qualifier against Austria on June 11.

Currently without a regularly active right full-back following injuries to Seamus Coleman and David Meyler, O'Neill is desperate to give his Championship contingent some action in the upcoming friendlies against Mexico in New York in June 1 and Uruguay (June 4) at the Aviva.

"We have a number of players who don't play and haven't been involved. That's at championship level and it's disappointing. That's been a negative aspect in the last few weeks," he said.

"It's not the ideal time to be trying out players. It's the lead up to a World Cup qualifier.

"There was the opportunity to play Mexico in America and that's an ideal opportunity for lads involved in the championship who will have a couple of weeks off.

"I don't want to be handing caps out to lads who might think that because they have a cap, they've made it."

"Obviously we've lost Seamus and David Meyler. Cyrus Christie came on as a sub for Derby last weekend which was something and I wouldn't want to lose him to injury.

"Meyler is a loss to us about the squad. He's very positive around the squad and he doesn't even know that himself," he added.

"As for Seamus, after the initial shock has worn off, I think he is as strong as ever and raring to go."

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