With Ireland’s World Cup qualification hanging in the balance, the next couple of matches promise to be incredibly important for the future of Irish football.
Of course, Ireland face Sweden and Austria over the coming few weeks, and so it’s bound to be an incredibly strenuous and competitive few nights of football.
What’s more is that Ireland already had quite a few injury worries and absentees from the rather drab friendly against Wales a few weeks ago, so it’s still unsure exactly how fresh and fighting fit many of these players will be.
The likes of Aiden McGeady who missed the match due to a knee injury is a definite doubt.
Remembering as well that with the Premier league, Championship and the other leagues of the British games all back in full swing, there will be a lot of players who will run the risk of injury for the foreseeable near future.
So, a few sleepless nights are sure to plague Giovanni Trapattoni until their qualification fate is decided.
Bearing all this in mind is bound to be of paramount importance to the Italian, and so it is with added interest that the Irish media will listen on as he reveals his squad for the upcoming fixtures.
This Sunday, the 74-year-old will announce the squad at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin ahead of the crunch qualifiers that kick off on September 6.
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