Thursday 18 January 2018

Trap facing injury crisis ahead of Austria trip

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni near the end of the game last night
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni near the end of the game last night

Damian Spellman

Giovanni Trapattoni has a series of injury concerns ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Tuesday night.

Jon Walters, Simon Cox and Glenn Whelan all emerged from last night's morale-sapping 2-1 home defeat by Sweden at the Aviva Stadium nursing knocks.

Walters has an ankle problem, Long a dead leg and Whelan a tight thigh muscle, although the early indications are that all three will be available to travel to Vienna when the squad leaves on Sunday afternoon.

However, Trapattoni has indicated that he could make "two or three" changes for the clash with the Austrians as he attempts to keep his side's mathematical chances of qualification alive.

Both sides are now three points adrift of second-placed Sweden in the race for the runners-up spot, and Ireland still have to go to runaway leaders Germany as the campaign draws to a close next month.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport