Alan Browne came into the international break off an early goal of the season contender.
His strike against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend was the culmination of some fine form with Preston North End, and he looked set for his first competitive cap with the Republic of Ireland.
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However, the 23-year-old has been ruled out of Thursday night’s UEFA Nations League game against Wales due to a calf injury.
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“It was okay a couple of days ago but he’s in a little bit of trouble, which is not ideal,” manager Martin O’Neill stated.
He is also without Declan Rice, Harry Arter and James McClean.
Rice is yet to decide whether he will declare for England or Ireland, and Arter is absent amid reports of a row with assistant boss Roy Keane. Meanwhile, McClean suffered a broken wrist yesterday.
“James is a loss for us, no question”, O’Neill admitted.
“He became a big figure for us in the World Cup campaign. He broke his wrist in two places yesterday. When he was being brought to hospital he was talking about ways in which he could play!”