Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Ireland hit by McGeady injury blow

Aiden McGeady is currently sidelined with a knee injury
Aiden McGeady is currently sidelined with a knee injury

Aiden McGeady has been ruled out of Ireland's World Cup qualifying matches against Sweden and Austria due to injury.

The Spartak Moscow winger was named in manager Giovanni Trapattoni's provisional 29-man squad but was absent on Saturday when the Italian cut his list to 23 players.

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed injuries had forced McGeady, Hull defender Paul McShane and Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington to withdraw.

Ireland will face Sweden in Stockholm next Friday, before tackling Austria in Dublin four days later.

McGeady has a knee problem and was not involved for Spartak in their Russian Premier League match on Saturday, while McShane has an ankle injury and Pilkington is sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Trapattoni has culled four players from his initial squad, relegating West Ham full-back Joey O'Brien, Reading centre-back Alex Pearce and the Wolves pair of midfielder Stephen Ward and striker Kevin Doyle to standby duty. Ipswich goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is also on standby, along with Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Millwall striker Andy Keogh, who was not originally selected by Trapattoni, receives a call-up to the squad that assembles on Sunday in Malahide.

Ireland squad for World Cup qualifying matches against Sweden (March 22) and Austria (March 26):

Forde (Millwall), Westwood (Sunderland), Randolph (Motherwell); O'Shea (Sunderland) St Ledger (Leicester), Clark (Aston Villa), Wilson (Stoke), Coleman (Everton), Kelly (Reading), O'Dea (Toronto); Whelan (Stoke), McCarthy (Wigan), Green (Leeds), Hoolahan (Norwich), Hendrick (Derby), McClean (Sunderland), Brady (Hull); Keogh (Millwall), Keane (LA Galaxy), Long (West Brom), Sammon (Derby), Walters (Stoke), Cox (Nottingham Forest).

Standby: Doyle (Wolves), Ward (Wolves), O'Brien (West Ham), Pearce (Reading), Henderson (Ipswich), Meyler (Hull).

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