Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football

Kelly withdraws from Ireland squad

Stephen Kelly has withdrawn from the Ireland squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

The Reading defender asked for permission not to join up with Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man party for family reasons.

A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: "Stephen Kelly has withdrawn from the Ireland squad to face Sweden this Friday for family reasons.

"He has been in touch with the manager, who has given Stephen permission to stay at home on this occasion."

The players were due to meet up at the Portmarnock base on Sunday before beginning preparations in Malahide on Monday morning.

Trapattoni had earlier been hit by a series of withdrawals through injury with Aiden McGeady, Sean St Ledger and Joey O'Brien all unfit for the Sweden game and the trip to Austria four days later.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph