WBA star Long out of Russia clash

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Updated: September 4, 2011

WBA striker Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Russia.

The former Reading striker, who was forced to pull out off Friday’s disappointing 0-0 draw with Slovakia after suffering a calf strain, has now been ruled out of the clash with the Group B leaders at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday.

However, Robbie Keane, who received a knock to the back, and John O’Shea, who has a sore Achilles tendon, are both expected to be fit.

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