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Saturday 18 November 2017

Robbie Brady confirms withdrawal from Ireland squad after scan

Robbie Brady is out for the next two Ireland games, having aggravated a hernia problem
Robbie Brady is out for the next two Ireland games, having aggravated a hernia problem

HULL winger Robbie Brady has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Germany and Kazakhstan due to a groin injury.

The 21-year-old was called up by interim manager Noel King for next month's World Cup qualifying games but had on Saturday aggravated an existing groin complaint during a 1-0 victory over West Ham, in which he fired the only goal from the penalty spot.

A scan conducted this evening determined Brady needed surgery on his groin and ruled him out of contention.

Stoke forward Jonathan Walters, meanwhile, remains available to King for the Group C games after undergoing a scan on the groin injury he sustained in the Potters' 1-0 Premier League defeat to Norwich.

A statement from the FAI confirmed the 30-year-old's condition would be "assessed as the week progresses".

The qualifiers mark the first games of the post-Giovanni Trapattoni era after the Italian was sacked earlier this month.

Ireland Under-21s coach King is now holding the fort while former international Ray Houghton and high performance director Ruud Dokter carry out a comprehensive assessment of the managerial market in an attempt to identify the best man for the job.

Press Association

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