Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood doubt for Ireland World Cup games

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood. Photo: Steve Ellis
Owls keeper Keiren Westwood. Photo: Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and striker Daryl Murphy are just two on a lengthy injury list clouding Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill’s plans for the World Cup qualifier double-header against Georgia and Moldova.

Ireland launched their Group D campaign with a 2-2 draw in Serbia last month, but Murphy, whose late strike secured a point in Belgrade, is out with a calf problem while Westwood suffered a thigh injury in the Owls’ home defeat t0 Brighton on Saturday.

Both will either definitely miss or remain doubts for Thursday night’s visit of the Georgians to Dublin and the trip to Chisinau which follows three days later.

Also expected to miss out are Anthony Pilkington and fellow midfielder ex-Blade Stephen Quinn, who faces several weeks on the sidelines with knee damage.

In addition, winger Aiden McGeady is struggling with a hamstring strain and striker Kevin Doyle is nursing a sore ankle.

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has had a scan on a groin problem and O’Neill is awaiting an assessment, but as a result of the catalogue of both confirmed and impending withdrawals, he has added 21-year-old Manchester City keeper Ian Lawlor and Aberdeen forward Adam Rooney, 28, to his squad.