Tuesday 17 September 2019

Martin O'Neill makes an addition to his Ireland squad as injuries take their toll ahead of Denmark clash

Martin O’Neill is looking to end a difficult 2018 on a high (Liam McBurney/PA)
Martin O’Neill is looking to end a difficult 2018 on a high (Liam McBurney/PA)

Defender Jimmy Dunne has been drafted back into the Republic of Ireland squad for Monday night's Nations League trip to Denmark after injuries reduced manager Martin O'Neill's options.

Already without the suspended James McClean for the visit to Aarhus and with Glenn Whelan dropping out after winning his 85th cap in Thursday night's 0-0 friendly draw with Northern Ireland, O'Neill has now lost John Egan, Alan Browne and Sean Maguire through injury.

As a result, 21-year-old Dunne, who is on loan at Hearts from Burnley, has been restored to the squad after being one of those cut from the provisional 36-man party for the double-header earlier this week.

A Football Association of Ireland statement said: "Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has been forced to alter this squad for the UEFA Nations League game away to Denmark on Monday, November 19 due to some injuries.

"Defender John Egan (calf), midfielder Alan Browne (shoulder) and forward Sean Maguire (hamstring) all miss out, while both Glenn Whelan and James McClean are also out after featuring in the scoreless draw with Northern Ireland.

"Former Under-21 international Jimmy Dunne has been drafted into the senior squad for the first time. The defender, who is on loan at Hearts from Burnley, will link up with the Ireland players on Saturday ahead of their departure to Aarhus.

"Manchester United defender Lee O'Connor will also be in the travelling party after impressing in training at FAI National Training Centre this week."

Dunne is also eligible to play for Northern Ireland and is one of those players currently at the centre of a tug of war between the nations, although any involvement in Denmark would commit him to the Republic.

Sheffield United defender Egan played the full 90 minutes on Thursday evening, while Preston striker Maguire managed just 13 minutes after being introduced as a second-half substitute before he succumbed to yet another hamstring injury.

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