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Published: 14:04 | 20/3/17

Hoolahan out of Wales tie


Wes Hoolahan has joined the growing list of absentees from the Republic of Ireland's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Wales.

Hoolahan limped out of Norwich's 2-0 win over Barnsley at the weekend and scans have confirmed he has sustained a thigh injury, which will keep him sidelined for several weeks.

"He'll be out, Wes is out, definitely out. We got the news through on the scan this morning and obviously it's not great, not great for us, not great for him and not great for his club," manager Martin O'Neill confirmed.

"He's going to be out for quite a number of weeks, I believe."

News of Hoolahan's injury comes after a number of players were forced to withdraw from the squad through injury.

Harry Arter (calf), Shane Duffy (broken metatarsal), Ciaran Clark (knee), Liam Kelly (hamstring), David McGoldrick (knee) and Rob Elliot (knee) have all withdrawn from the panel, while Robbie Brady is suspended for Friday's game at the Aviva Stadium.

Midfielder James McCarthy has reported for international duty but he continues to be troubled by a hamstring injury, while striker Daryl Murphy is to undergo a scan on a calf problem.

"James has come over and we'll see how he is. He'll just take it on a day-to-day basis. He thinks that he might be able to make it - that would be great if he can. If he doesn't, well, we'll just have to do without him," O'Neill added.

"Daryl, speaking to him last night, he is giving himself a chance. He's certainly not ruling himself out at this moment. We'll see what develops with the scan."

Captain Seamus Coleman sat out Monday's training session with a swollen ankle but the defender is expected to be available to train later in the week. 

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