West Ham striker Anthony Scully called up to Stephen Kenny's U-21 squad as five are ruled out
Stephen Kenny is taking a roundabout route to Armenia for Thursday's U-21 qualifier and he will be bringing a slightly unfamiliar squad on the five-flight return trip.
Aaron Connolly and Troy Parrott are with the senior squad, and Lee O'Connor is also in with Mick McCarthy's group as he is suspended for Armenia. Jayson Molumby is also out with a ban but – like O'Connor – he will be back at Kenny's disposal for next Tuesday's Tallaght date with Sweden.
However, Kenny suffered more withdrawals across the weekend with Liverpool's Caoimhin Kelleher, QPR's Conor Masterson, Neil Farrugia, Michael Obafemi and Trevor Clarke all ruled out.
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West Ham striker Anthony Scully - who has scored 13 goals in 12 games in Premier League 2 - has been drafted in while Gavin Bazunu, Simon Power and Kameron Ledwidge all come back into the squad.
Corey O'Keefe, who is currently on loan at Macclesfield Town from Birmingham City, has also received his first U-21 call-up.
Republic of Ireland U-21 squad
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Conor Kearns (UCD AFC).
Defenders: Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham, on loan from Southampton), Danny McNamara (Newport County, on loan from Millwall), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Liam Scales (UCD AFC), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Corey O'Keefe (Macclesfield Town, on loan from Birmingham City), Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton).
Midfielders: Jason Knight (Derby County), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Jack Clarke (Aston Villa), Connor Ronan (DAC Dunajská Streda, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians).
Wingers: Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Danny Grant (Bohemians), Simon Power (Ross County).
Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Aidan Keena (Hearts), Anthony Scully (West Ham United).
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