Martin O'Neill on the lenghtiest Ireland injury list of his reign

Ireland celebrate Shane O'Donoghue's goal.                     Image Presseye  Rowland White  INPHO

Ireland celebrate Shane O'Donoghue's goal. Image Presseye Rowland White INPHO

Wes Hoolahan is definitely out of Ireland's World Cup qualifying game against Wales on Friday with the results of the player's scan at Norwich suggesting that he will be laid up for "quite a number of weeks", according to manager Martin O'Neill.

He joins Brighton centre back Shane Duffy, Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark, Bournemouth's Harry Arter and the suspended Robbie Brady on the absentee list for Friday's tie.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy, who has missed his club's last two games with a hamstring injury, was due to meet up later on Monday, as was Colorado Rapids striker Kevin Doyle. Unfortunately it has happened at a real crucial time for us.

Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce, John O'Shea, Andy Boyle, John Egan, Stephen Ward.

Norwich playmaker Wes Hoolahan is the latest player to be ruled out of the game after suffering a thigh strain while playing for his club at the weekend.

Wales received some bad news of their own this morning with in-form Ipswich Town winger Tom Lawrence pulling out through injury and he is replaced by youngster Harry Wilson. "James has come over and we'll see how he gets on", says the northerner. He took a bit of a knock but if he doesn't train tomorrow then he will train Wednesday.

"Daryl Murphy is giving himself a chance". "There are some very important players for us going for scans which doesn't sound great".

So Ireland resume their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Friday night and Martin O'Neill's side will be looking to cement their place at the top of Group D.

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