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Shane Long Ruled Out Of Crunch Qualifier Versus Wales

Dublin , Ireland - 6 October 2017; Shane Long of Republic of Ireland during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Shane Long has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s crunch qualifier against Wales on Monday night. 

Some had called for the striker to be dropped from the starting XI having spurned a number of fantastic opportunities on Friday night versus Moldova, but his exclusion has now been guaranteed following news of an injury ahead of the clash in Cardiff.

RTÉ Sport’s Tony O’Donoghue has reported that a hip injury is the likely cause of Long’s absence.

With Ireland in the ascendency against Moldova on Friday through two early goals from Daryl Murphy, Long had a number of gilt-edged chances to put the game to bed, however he failed to impress and squandered fantastic chances such as the one below:

Attention will now, however, shift to who will play instead of the Tipperary man with Murphy the leading candidate to play up front on his own following his impressive performance against the Moldovans while newest squad members Scott Hogan and Sean Maguire are less likely options.

With James McClean and Robbie Brady back in the reckoning following their suspensions, the Boys in Green will possess more of a threat out wide, making Murphy perhaps the ideal man to lead the line if Ireland’s duo on the wings can provide quality ball into the box.

Ireland take on Wales at 7:45pm in Cardiff.

Author: The PA Team

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