St Ledger likely to miss Germany match
Soccer:The injury problems continued to mount for Giovanni Trapattoni after today’s English programme, with Sean St Ledger likely to miss the World Cup qualifier against Germany in Dublin next Friday after suffering a suspected hamstring injury in Leicester City’s 2-0 victory over Bristol City at the King Power Stadium.
The centre half picked up the knock just after the hour mark and was forced off the pitch. St Ledger will still report for medical assessment, but an FAI statement tonight said the player was “unlikely” to play against the Group C favourites.
Sunderland winger James Mc Clean reported a very tight groin after the game against Manchester City this afternoon and will undergo a scan at his club on Monday.
The loss of St Ledger would add to Trapattoni’s problems in central defence with Richard Dunne already ruled out through injury.
St Ledger started alongside Darren O’Dea in the opening qualifier away to Kazakhstan in Astana, with Fulham’s Stephen Kelly playing alongside in the friendly victory over Oman.
Trapattoni may decide to move John O’Shea back into the middle, while Paul McShane, Stephen Ward and Marc Wilson are the other options.
The decision to call-up of Manchester United winger Robbie Brady earlier on Saturday as cover for the injured Kevin Doyle now looks a good one with McClean also now a doubt.
Brady made his senior international debut in the 4-1 victory over Oman last month. Trapattoni turned to the youngster after a scan on the thigh injury Doyle suffered in training with Wolves on Thursday revealed the full extent of the damage.
Brady will be joined in the squad by Sunderland midfielder David Meyler, who received a late call-up on Friday.