The FAI has confirmed that first choice goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will miss the game against Greece having sustained a groin injury.
The Sunderland reserve goalkeeper underwent a scan on Wednesday morning and will return to the Stadium of Light, where he will be assessed by medical staff at the Wearside club.
The 28 year-old replaced Shay Given as Ireland’s first choice goalkeeper in the aftermath of the retirement of the Republic’s all-time leading caps holder following the ill fated European Championship campaign in Poland in the summer.
While Westwood is a very good shot stopper, he has fallen down the pecking order at Sunderland this season, with Belgian international Simon Mignolet now the first choice netminder for the Black Cats.
There are those who have questioned whether Westwood should retain the goalkeeping duties for Ireland – particularly following the 6-1 hammering at the hands of Germany last month. The former Manchester City man conceded the six goals from eight shots faced, though the majority of the German efforts were close to un-savable.
Westwood will be replaced between the sticks for Ireland by David Forde. The 32 year-old Galway native has been first choice ‘keeper for Championship promotion chasing Millwall for more than four years now and will win his fourth cap against the Greeks.