Callum O’Dowda recalled to Ireland squad in place of injured James Collins

Bristol City man receives first international call-up since March ahead of final qualifiers

Callum O’Dowda has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The move comes as Cardiff striker James Collins has been ruled out of the upcoming clashes with Portugal and Luxembourg through injury.

This is the first time Bristol City man O’Dowda has joined up with the Ireland squad since March.

Ireland play the final two qualifiers of their World Cup campaign this week, starting on Thursday as Portugal visit the Aviva Stadium. Stephen Kenny’s squad will then travel to Luxembourg on Sunday. Both games kick off at 7.45pm.

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The following players will be convening for the first training session of this international window this afternoon:

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth, on loan from Manchester City), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Nathan Collins (Burnley).

Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Sheffield United, on loan from Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren).

Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).