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Wales and Poland ahead for Ireland

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:27pm

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has had to reshuffle his squad following James McClean's wrist injury earlier this week.

The squad have traveled to Cardiff where they will play Wales tonight in the Cardiff City Stadium in the UEFA Nations League. This year marks the commencement of the Nations League, which allows European teams a further chance to qualify for the European Championships.

29 year old McClean took to social media earlier this week, posting a picture of his injured wrist, saying: “Next step surgery...f*ck it! One of those things” which was followed by “if I had a duck, the f*cker would drown”.

The FAI subsequently confirmed that he had undergone surgery on his wrist. The circumstances surrounding McClean's injury were not released, however it has reported across various media outlets that the Stoke City winger fell heavily in training.

McClean's injury is the latest in a series of blows for O'Neill who was already without Robbie Brady and James McCarthy for tonight's fixture versus Wales, as well as next Tuesday's friendly against Poland in Wroclaw. Other injury absentees include Scott Hogan, Seanie Maguire and Shane Long.

Furthermore, O'Neill is without Harry Arter who is unavailable following a disagreement with Assistant Manager Roy Keane while West Ham's Declan Rice, who qualifies for Ireland through his Cork-born grandparents, has yet to make a decision on his international future.

However it's not all doom and gloom ahead of the two games; Cork native David Meyler (knee) and defender Shane Duffy (groin) both trained this week having sat out Monday's session while Jonathan Walters and goalkeeper Sean McDermott also trained this week after a delayed arrival to the training camp. There are five Cork players on the panel including Kevin Long, John Egan, Conor Hourihane, Alan Browne and Meyler.

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