Ireland’s injury concerns continue to worse with every passing day as it was discovered on Tuesday that Sean St Ledger will miss Wednesday’s Wales clash.
The story broke first in The Irish Independent after Daniel McDonell revealed that he could miss up to six weeks out of action with a knee injury.
The Leicester City man joins a long list of Irish players who’ll be unavailable for the friendly match, and it means that Giovanni Trapattoni’s resources and ability to plan in a crisis are going to be put to the test.
Also unavailable for the match, which will be important preparation for the upcoming important qualifiers, are Aiden McGeady, Stephen Quinn, Anthony Pilkington, Simon Cox and David Forde.
More worrying though is the fact that St Ledger and others could well still be injured for the matches against Austria and Sweden.
Of course, Irish fans will be hoping they can recover in time as there will be a lot riding on those couple of matches.
As for Wednesday, the Irish fans will be hoping that Gareth Bale, who’s also struggling with a niggling injury, makes an appearance as his inclusion would certainly add some electricity to the atmosphere as well as providing the Irish with a real threat to practice against.
It will be interesting to see what side Trapattoni selects midweek, but it will be more important that he gets it right for the other matches to come.
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