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Injured duo link up with Irish squad as they prepare to fly out to Copenhagen

Seamus Coleman and Jon Walters have joined up with the Boys in Green ahead of their vital World Cup play-off games.

Seamus Coleman (file pic).
Seamus Coleman (file pic).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

INJURED DUO JON Walters and Seamus Coleman linked up with the Ireland squad to provide support to the team ahead of their flight to Copenhagen today, as Saturday’s vital World Cup play-off first leg against Denmark gets closer.

A knee problem picked up at his club Burnley earlier this season means Walters misses the upcoming games, while Coleman is a long-term absentee, having broken his leg in the qualifier against Wales last March.

Coleman, who also joined up with the squad in the build up to the last round of qualifiers, has been doing some ball work at his club, Everton, though the most recent update on his fitness indicated he would not be ready for first-team football for another month at the very earliest.

The Irish squad received a boost, meanwhile, with news that both Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick came through today’s training session without any problems.

Goalkeeper Colin Doyle will not travel and has returned to his club.

Republic of Ireland MNT Squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood, Rob Elliot

Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Paul McShane, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Harry Arter, David Meyler, Eunan O’Kane, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O’Dowda, James McClean

Forwards: Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Scott Hogan, Aiden O’Brien

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