Jamie Finn in action for Ireland during last year's Nations League. Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Blow for Ireland as midfielder Jamie Finn suffers ACL tear

The Birmingham City player had earned a recall to the Ireland squad after being omitted from World Cup selection.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND midfielder Jamie Finn has been ruled out of upcoming international friendlies against Italy and Wales after sustaining an ACL tear.

The Birmingham City player suffered the knee ligament injury at Ireland training ahead of a friendly against Italy in Florence tomorrow [KO 5.15pm Irish time, live on RTÉ News Now], before Wales arrive at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday.

Finn was a shock omission from the World Cup squad last year, having played a vital role in their qualification campaign. She was instead announced as one of three training players for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

The 25-year-old Dubliner was recalled in the Autumn as Eileen Gleeson replaced Vera Pauw as manager, and she regularly featured through the Uefa Nations League campaign.

But Finn is now the latest loss to the Ireland squad following the news that midfield duo Denise O’Sullivan and Tyler Toland have also been ruled out, both due to minor knee injuries.

“We’re all behind you, Jamie,” the FAI wrote on social media as they announced the news.

“Everyone at the club knows that Jamie will be back stronger and will continue to support her through every step of her recovery,” her club Birmingham added in a statement, noting that Finn will meet with a consultant to determine the best course of action.

The 42 understands the 20-cap midfielder will stay with the Ireland squad in Italy, and won’t be replaced immediately. They are due to travel back to Dublin on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the FAI have confirmed that new call-up Emily Murphy is waiting on international clearance ahead of tomorrow’s game at Viola Park.

The English-born forward, who qualifies for the Girls In Green through her father, is currently playing her club football with Wake Forest University in the US.

- Additional reporting from Emma Duffy

Ireland WNT squad

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (London City Lionesses), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes).

Defenders: Jessie Stapleton (Reading – on loan from West Ham United), Diane Caldwell (FC Zurich), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Caitlin Hayes (Celtic), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Aoife Mannion (Manchester United), Megan Campbell (London City Lionesses).

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Lily Agg (Birmingham City), Megan Connolly (Bristol City), Ruesha Littlejohn (London City Lionesses), Heather Payne (Everton), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Izzy Atkinson (Crystal Palace), Erin McLaughlin (Peamount United), Jess Fitzgerald (Peamount United).

Forwards: Kyra Carusa (San Diego Wave), Abbie Larkin (Crystal Palace), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Emily Murphy (Wake Forest University).

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