Sunday 25 February 2018

Richard Keogh likely to miss Ireland's World Cup play-off with Denmark due to quad injury

Republic of Ireland's Richard Keogh
Republic of Ireland's Richard Keogh
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Derby County's Richard Keogh looks set to miss Ireland's World Cup play-off with Denmark after suffering a quad injury over the weekend.

The 31-year-old hurt his quad in the warm-up ahead of Derby's 4-2 defeat at home to Reading and lasted just eight minutes before he was substituted.

Keogh has fallen down the pecking order behind Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark in recent times.

Derby boss Gary Rowett doesn't think Keogh will be available for both the away leg in Copenhagen on Saturday and the return fixture at the Aviva Stadium four days later.

"Richard came off with a quad strain - I don't know how bad it is but I would suggest it wouldn't be a good idea for him to travel. We hope it [the injury] turns out to be not too bad," he said.

Preston striker Seanie Maguire, who was at the Aviva Stadium last night to see Cork win the FAI Cup, will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

James McCarthy has been included in the Irish squad but has only made one competitive appearance for Everton this season and his fitness levels are unknown.

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