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Monday 18 December 2017

James McCarthy and Jon Walters are late additions to Ireland team

James McCarthy in action during squad training ahead
James McCarthy in action during squad training ahead

GLENN Whelan has been ruled out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland team for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Sweden at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

The Stoke midfielder is struggling with an ankle knock, and as a result James McCarthy will come into the team to partner Paul Green in the Irish engine room.


The injury seems to have had a knock-on effect - as Jonathan Walters has been drafted in at the expense of the inexperienced Robbie Brady.


It may be that Trapattoni felt that the midfield containing Brady, McCarthy, Paul Green and James McClean would be too inexperienced to face the Swedes. However, he also said in a press conference yesterday that Brady was struggling a little "psychologically".

Whelan was taken off at half-time in last week's match with West Brom and also sat out Ireland's training session in Malahide last Monday.

It remains to be seen if he is named on the bench with Tuesday's game with Austria in the Aviva Stadium in mind.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed by FIFA that the roof will be closed at the Friends Arena for the game.

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