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Coleman joins up with Ireland squad ahead of top-of-the-table clash as Hendrick is ruled out

The team captain was present at today’s training session, while Burnley midfielder Hendrick won’t be available.

Seamus Coleman with Roy Keane Coleman talking to assistant Roy Keane at training today. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

THERE WAS A welcome sight at this morning’s Ireland training as captain Seamus Coleman linked up with the squad.

The Everton defender, who is currently recovering from a double leg break suffered against Wales back in March, flew into Dublin to watch on as the team took part in a light session.

“It’s always a boost to see Seamus about the place,” said Martin O’Neill. “He’s a world class player, he’s been a really great captain since he’s taken it over and it’s nice to see him. He’s making really good progress and things are going well for him.”

Richard Keogh shares a joke with Jonathan Walters Jon Walters and Richard Keogh share a laugh with Kevin Long and Cyrus Christie watching on. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

O’Neill also confirmed at his press conference that Jeff Hendrick will miss tomorrow’s top-of-the-table Group D clash against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium.

The Burnley midfielder had been hoping to return from a quad problem after missing Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Georgia but, having been assessed by the team doctor, he will take no part.

“He did some work with the medical team,” said O’Neill. “No, he’s still feeling it a little bit so he won’t play.”

Meanwhile, Wes Hoolahan has got a bit of tightness in his groin and Aiden McGeady is having a scan on his hamstring. The Ireland boss has resisted the opportunity to add to his squad ahead of the latest qualifier, however.

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