Southampton manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that striker Shane Long will miss Ireland’s upcoming internationals against Northern Ireland and Denmark through injury.
The Irish striker looks to be facing a spell on the sidelines after pulling up in Southampton training on Friday with an ankle injury.
Saints boss Mark Hughes addressed Long’s injury issues on Monday morning as The Daily Echo reports.
“It looks like he might need a small procedure on his ankle to address that problem he’s had for some time now.
“Losing two main line strikes who probably would have played a part was tough to take.”
Hughes also added that Long may require surgery which would see him miss up to six weeks of action.
“If he does have the procedure, and it’s not confirmed as yet, it could be a little bit of washout to free out the ankle. That would be two weeks maybe.
“If it’s a little bit more significant it could be four-six weeks.”
Long would likely have started Ireland’s games against Northern Ireland and Denmark had he been fit but his injury may represent a good opportunity for his teammate Michael Obafemi to impress for the first time in an Irish shirt after his call-up to the squad last week.
The FAI announced the latest changes to the Irish squad on Monday morning.
In: Michael Obafemi, Caoimhin Kelleher
Out: Shane Long, Derrick Williams
— FAIreland ⚽️?? (@FAIreland) November 12, 2018
Irish U19 captain Lee O’Connor has been called up as Long’s replacement and will link up with the senior squad at the FAI National Training Centre as they prepare for Thursday’s clash with Northern Ireland at the Aviva.
Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Colin Doyle, Caoimhin Kelleher
Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, John Egan, Darragh Lenihan, Lee O’Connor*, Enda Stevens
Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Harry Arter, David Meyler, Shaun Williams, Alan Browne, Callum O’Dowda, James McClean
Forwards: Scott Hogan, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson, Aiden O’Brien, Ronan Curtis, Michael Obafemi
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