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Reading starlet set for Old Trafford bow and 70 other Irish players who could feature this weekend

It’s also a big occasion for the Irish contingent at Preston, who take on Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Ireland U21 international Liam Kelly could feature for Reading against Man United in Saturday's early kick-off.
Ireland U21 international Liam Kelly could feature for Reading against Man United in Saturday's early kick-off.

N.B. THIS LIST does not include Irish players who are currently injured.

Darren Randolph may be rested for West Ham’s FA Cup clash with Man City, as Slaven Bilic has a habit of playing his second-choice goalkeeper in cup competitions.

Ireland U21 international Liam Kelly and club captain Paul McShane are both expected to feature as Reading travel to face Man United, though Stephen Quinn remains out with a knee injury.

Séamus Conneely and Blackburn loan player John O’Sullivan could feature for Accrington Stanley against fellow League Two side Luton Town, who have Alan Sheehan and Glenn Rea within their ranks.

Joe RaffertyNiall CanavanKeith Keane, Conrad Logan and Donal McDermott are all in contention to feature, though the latter is a fitness doubt, for Rochdale against Barrow.

Stephen Gleeson is expected to be involved as Birmingham host Newcastle, for whom Ciaran Clark and Daryl Murphy could play.

Midfielder Conor Hourihane will likely get a chance to continue his excellent form for Barnsley at Blackpool. The hosts have Mark Yeates and Eddie Nolan in their squad, though the latter has not been a first-team regular and the former has struggled with injuries.

Alan McCormackJohn Egan, Tom Field and Jack Bonham may all be involved for Brentford against National League side Eastleigh, who have former Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack within their ranks.

Chris Hughton has suggested that Richie Towell will be given a chance to impress for Brighton, while Ireland international Shane Duffy could also be involved. Meanwhile, Darren Potter is likely to feature for their opponents, MK Dons.

Callum O’Dowda may be involved for Bristol City against Fleetwood Town, who will likely have Cian Bolger in their side.

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is expected to be involved as Everton host Leicester.

David Meyler could feature in Hull’s all-Premier League affair with Swansea.

Jonathan Douglas, David McGoldrick and Leon Best may be involved as Ipswich take on Lincoln, with Alan Power and Reading loan player Sean Long expected to play for the visitors.

Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien could be involved for Millwall, who host a Bournemouth side that may feature Marc Wilson and Harry Arter.

Shane Long is in line to play for Southampton against Norwich, while Wes Hoolahan may feature for the latter, though Robbie Brady is suspended.

Having impressed in his two appearances for QPR so far, Galway youngster Ryan Manning may be involved along with Olamide Shodipo in the team’s FA Cup clash against Blackburn. For Rovers, meanwhile, Anthony Stokes and Derrick Williams may start.

Anthony Forde is likely to be involved for Rotherham against Oxford United, while 17-year-old Canice Carroll could be in the matchday squad for the visitors.

Glenn Whelan and Shay Given could be involved for Stoke against Wolves, with Matt Doherty, Connor Ronan and Joe Mason options for the latter.

Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward are available for Burnley this weekend, as is John O’Shea for Sunderland. Kevin Long could also get a rare chance for the Clarets.

Damien McCrory may be involved for Burton Albion, as they take on Premier League outfit Watford.

Irish international James McClean is expected to start for West Brom against Derby, who have Richard Keogh and Alex Pearce available.

Stephen Henderson could feature for Nottingham Forest in their game away to Wigan.

Greg Cunningham, Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Eoin Doyle, Aiden McGeady and Andy Boyle could all potentially be involved as Preston host Arsenal.

Brian Murphy and Anthony Pilkington may start for Cardiff against Fulham.

Connor Smith and Graham Carey could both be involved as Plymouth travel to face Liverpool.

Club captain Chris Forrester is expected to play in Peterborough’s trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ireland international Keiren Westwood could be in goals as Sheffield Wednesday come up against Middlesbrough.

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