Séamus Coleman and John O’Shea named in Republic of Ireland squad
Defenders to have fitness assessed ahead of games against Oman and Serbia
Séamus Coleman has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against Oman and the World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade despite struggling with ankle ligament damage. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named defenders Séamus Coleman and John O’Shea in his squad for the upcoming friendly against Oman and the opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia despite both defenders carrying injuries.
Full back Coleman has been struggling with an ankle ligament injury while centre back O’Shea suffered a hip injury in the defeat to Middlesbrough at the weekend.
Coleman, O’Shea and Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick will be assessed by medical staff when the squad gathers next Sunday ahead of the friendly game against Oman on Wednesday August 31st at the Aviva Stadium.
The squad will then travel to Belgrade for the opening Group D encounter with Serbia on Monday September 5th.
O’Neill is without centre back Shane Duffy for the Serbia game due to suspension after his sending off in the Euro 2016 second round match with France in Lyon.
Harry Arter also returns and he is joined by his Bournemouth team-mate Eunan O’Kane, while Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda will look to to build on the promise he showed when included in Ireland’s training squad in the build-up to the Euros.
Robbie Keane has been included in an unchanged list of forwards for the two games.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (Squad for friendly against Oman, Wednesday August 31st and World Cup qualifier v Serbia, Belgrade, Monday September 5th)
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), David Forde (Portsmouth*).
Defenders: Séamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby County), Paul McShane (Reading), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Marc Wilson (Bournemouth), Stephen Ward (Burnley).
Midfielders: James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Stephen Quinn (Reading), David Meyler (Hull City), Harry Arter, Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
*Indicates player is currently on loan