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29 Irish players that could feature in the FA Cup this week

Stephen Quinn, Derrick Williams and Gary Dicker are among those in line to play.

Ex-Shamrock Rpvers player Enda Stevens has been a first-team regular for Portsmouth this season.
Ex-Shamrock Rpvers player Enda Stevens has been a first-team regular for Portsmouth this season.

WITH A NUMBER of FA Cup replays set to take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, here’s our guide to the Irish players who could be involved…

Darragh Lenihan has been named in the starting XI for Blackburn, who face Newport tonight, though centre-back Shane Duffy remains absent with a groin injury. Meanwhile, Mark Byrne will feature for the League Two side.

Michael Harriman could once again feature, as Wycombe travel to face Aston Villa, who are likely to have Ciaran Clark in their starting XI.

On-loan Man City goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is expected to retain his place in the Bury side, as they prepare for a replay with Bradford, while John O’Sullivan — on loan from Blackburn — could make his first start for the hosts after coming off the bench to make his debut at the weekend. Cork-born Billy Clarke, however, is an injury doubt for The Bantams.

Samir Carruthers and Darren Potter are both available for MK Dons as they host Northampton, while John-Joe O’Toole and Brendan Moloney could both be in action for the League Two side.

Daryl Murphy, Jonathan Douglas and Jay Tabb are available for Ipswich who prepare to face Portsmouth, though Mick McCarthy has said he’ll play a young team, which could mean an opportunity for U21 players including Shane McLoughlin and Adam McDonnell.

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In addition, Michael Doyle, Adam BartonEnda Stevens and Brian Murphy are all available to play for Pompey.

Ex-UCD midfielder Gary Dicker is in line to feature, as Carlisle travel to face Yeovil after they drew the first game 2-2.

Ex-Ireland U21 player Derrick Williams may be involved, as Bristol City play host to West Brom, who have James McClean available.

Simon Cox and Stephen Quinn are in contention to feature, as Reading take on fellow Championship side Huddersfield, with Joe Murphy and Sean Scannell expected to be included for The Terriers.

Finally, Clinton Morrison could play some part in Exeter’s visit to Anfield on Wednesday, while 17-year-old Dubliner Conor Masterson may once again make the matchday squad for the Reds.

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