Saturday 21 September 2019

No place for Shane Long as Luton striker James Collins called into Ireland squad by Mick McCarthy

Shane Long has been left out of the Ireland squad by manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Shane Long has been left out of the Ireland squad by manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

James McCarthy, Matt Doherty and Sean Maguire are out of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland.

Crystal Palace midfielder McCarthy has pulled out of the squad after a 'discussion' with Mick McCarthy reached the conclusion that the game has come too soon after his recovery from injury.

Doherty has a knee problem, while Maguire misses out with an eye injury.

Back-up goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is also unavailable due to fitness issues.

McCarthy has called up Luton's James Collins to replace Maguire, Fulham's Cyrus Christie to stand in for Doherty and Burton's Kieran O'Hara has stepped up to take Westwood's berth.

Significantly, McCarthy has rejected the opportunity to call up Shane Long and turned to Collins instead.

"James (McCarthy) is completely free of injury but the intensity of the Switzerland game was always going to be too much for James and we discussed that," said McCarthy.

"Like James, Keiren Westwood will work away now at his club and we will see how they are before we go to Georgia and Switzerland next month.”

Maguire suffered a freak eye injury after being struck in the face by a ball in training with Preston.

"It is hard on the four players to miss out for a game as big as the Switzerland match," added manager McCarthy. "We have a 24-strong squad now with James, Cyrus and Kieran coming in and we will get to work on Monday."

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