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Ireland travel to the US with depleted squad for Spain test

A number of players have pulled out for Tuesday’s friendly in New York.

Richard Dunne won't travel to America.
Richard Dunne won't travel to America.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI HAS had to deal with a series of withdrawals from his squad for the upcoming friendly with Spain.

Having earned three points with a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands last night, the Ireland squad jets out to the US this afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with the current world champions at Yankee Stadium (1am kick-off Irish time).

However, eight players have pulled out of the trip for various reasons – Aiden McGeady is getting married, Wes Hoolahan (hamstring), Jon Walters (knee), Keiren Westwood (shoulder) are injured, Marc Wilson will have an operation to remove a steel plate in his leg, Richard Dunne is planning to speak to clubs about his future, John O’Shea’s uncle has died, while Glenn Whelan has been given a rest.

Shane Long had also previously withdrawn due to his upcoming nuptials.

That leaves a threadbare panel of 19 players, including 21-year-old Wolves goalkeeper Aaron Mc Carey.

Ireland: David Forde, Darren Randolph, Aaron Mc Carey, Sean St Ledger, Seamus Coleman, Damien Delaney, Darren O’Dea, Paul Mc Shane, Stephen Kelly, Richard Keogh, James Mc Clean, David Meyler, James McCarthy, Andy Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Quinn, Simon Cox, Robbie Keane, Conor Sammon.

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