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Walters included but no Hendrick or Maguire as O'Neill names 25-man squad to face Georgia and Serbia

It has also been confirmed that James McCarthy will miss the games.

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Updated at 17.45

MARTIN O’NEILL HAS named a 25-man final squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia (2 September) and Serbia (5 September).

Jon Walters, who had been an injury doubt, is included, though James McCarthy (hamstring), Eunan O’Kane (groin) and Jeff Hendrick (quad) are absent through injury, though Martin O’Neill added in his press conference today that there was a chance Hendrick could still be fit for the Serbia game.

Preston striker Sean Maguire also misses the cut, having been included in the provisional squad.

Keiren Westwood (knee), David Meyler (knee) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) did not take a full part in training today as a precautionary measure, but all three are expected to be involved from Tuesday.

Aiden McGeady and David McGoldrick will also link up with the squad tomorrow, having been given extra time away from camp for personal reasons.

Aside from Maguire and the aforementioned injured players, the other individuals named in the provisional squad to miss the cut are Colin Doyle, Matt Doherty, Greg Cunningham (who is also injured), John Egan, Alex Pearce, Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn, Liam Kelly, Alan Browne and Kevin Doyle.

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday).

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Sunderland), Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), David Meyler (Hull City), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Jonathan Hayes (Celtic), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City).

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

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