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Connolly and Idah join Ireland's growing injury list for World Cup qualifiers

More concerns for Stephen Kenny.

Aaron Connolly of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Aaron Connolly of Brighton & Hove Albion.
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Updated Mar 12th 2021, 4:08 PM

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND manager Stephen Kenny could be forced to plan without Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah for the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Connolly missed Brighton & Hove Albion’s defeat to Leicester City last weekend with what was reported to be a back problem.

However, manager Graham Potter revealed this afternoon that, due to a cracked rib, the 21-year-old striker won’t feature again for his club until after the international break.

It’s not yet clear if this will prevent Connolly from linking up with the Ireland squad later this month, but the news is sure to be a concern for Kenny.

Idah has emerged as another likely absentee, with Norwich City manager Daniel Farke telling reporters today that the 20-year-old forward has a hernia injury that may require surgery. The Cork youngster will see a specialist on Monday.

Ireland are already set to be missing prominent players such as Darren Randolph, John Egan, James McCarthy and James McClean for the upcoming fixtures.


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