Ward and Treacy ruled out of Serbia trip
Giovanni Trapattoni will bring a depleted Irish team to Belgrade after Stephen Ward and Keith Treacy joined a lengthening list of withdrawals from the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Serbia in Belgrade.
Wolves full-back Stephen Ward has fluid on the knee while Burnley midfielder Treacy is out with a groin strain.
The news comes less then 24 hours since Kevin Doyle and Marc Wilson were ruled out while experienced internationals in Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff and Shay Given haven’t travelled to Ireland’s camp in Malahide.
Despite Ireland’s dismal display at Euro 2012, Giovanni Trapattoni says he is confident that qualification for Brazil 2014 can be achieved despite the uncertainty of several Irish players futures.
“We must continue in our path for qualification for 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the same personality and the same identity that we showed in the last campaign.
“We have in front of us again another tough group. Sure it’s a tough group but the last group was tough but we achieve qualification.
“We must first recognise our limitations. Second, we will work to overcome these limitations.
“Third, we must believe ourselves in our ability with the same enthusiasm, attitude and commitment. I am sure we can achieve this in this campaign and qualify.”
The Republic of Ireland will start their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Kazakhstan in Astana on September 7.