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Martin O’Neill Trims Ireland Squad Ahead Of Denmark World Cup Play-Off

Ireland's coach Martin O'Neill looks on before the group D World Cup qualifying football match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has trimmed his squad ahead of this weekend’s World Cup play-off against Cardiff.

With a number of players missing either through injury or suspension, the FAI have confirmed the final list of 27 players that will be he heading to Copenhagen for the first leg on Saturday, before entering into the return clash at the Aviva the following Tuesday.

Sean Maguire had already been ruled out of the tie as Preston confirmed last weekend that the former Cork City striker would require surgery on a hamstring injury, while Jame McCarthy has also had to withdraw having suffered a setback in his recovery with Everton.

Derby’s Richard Keogh is out with a quad strain, while David Meyler will be available for selection in the second leg but is suspended for the first match in Copenhagen.

Preston’s Daryl Horgan, Celtic’s Jonny Hayes and Ipswich striker David McGoldrick have also been left out of the final squad. 

However, Wolves right-back Matt Doherty and Millwall forward Aiden O’Brien could be in line to make their senior debut appearances having made the cut, as has Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan.

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City)

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Paul McShane (Reading), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Hull City), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall)

The squad meet for the first time on Monday as part of their week-long preparations, with their flight for the Danish capital set for Thursday.

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