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25 Irish players to watch out for in the FA Cup this weekend

A number of the Irish contingent will feature, as Derby take on Man United this weekend.

Richard Keogh is expected to be involved as Derby take on Man United.
Richard Keogh is expected to be involved as Derby take on Man United.
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WE TAKE IT you know about Premier League stars such as James McClean and Jon Walters, but what about the less heralded lower-tier footballers? Here’s our guide to the 25 Irish players who could be involved for the non-Premier League teams in the FA Cup Fourth Round this weekend…

Jeff Hendrick, Richard Keogh and Cyrus Christie could all be involved, as Derby host Man United this evening.

On Saturday, Dublin-born midfielder Owen Garvan is likely to start, as Colchester prepare for the visit of Tottenham.

Stephen Ward is expected to continue his recent run in the first team, with Burnley playing Arsenal.

On-loan Man City goalkeeper and third-round penalty hero Ian Lawlor and fellow loanee John O’Sullivan (from Blackburn) are both in contention to feature for Bury against Hull, for whom David Meyler is in line to play.

Patrick Hoban and Callum O’Dowda are likely to feature, as Oxford take on Blackburn at The Kassam Stadium, while Shane Duffy and Darragh Lenihan could be involved for Rovers.

Michael Doyle, Enda Stevens, Brian Murphy and Adam Barton may feature, as League Two Portsmouth host Premier League Bournemouth.

Simon Cox could be handed a rare start, while Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn are both back from injury, as Championship side Reading get ready to play League One outfit Walsall at the Madejski Stadium, while Ireland underage international Liam Kinsella and Limerick native Anthony Forde could both be in action for the visitors.

Ex-Pat’s midfielder Chris Forrester is expected to start for League One side Peterborough, who travel to face Premier League outfit West Brom.

On Sunday, Darren Potter and Samir Carruthers are likely to feature, as MK Dons host Chelsea.

Finally, Gary Dicker could line out for Carlisle in their game at home to Everton.

Which Irish players are you looking forward to seeing in the FA Cup this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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