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Worrying news for Ireland as Wes Hoolahan suffers injury

Harry Arter is also a doubt for the Wales game with a calf problem.

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Updated at 17.44

THERE WAS WORRYING news for Martin O’Neill and Ireland today as Wes Hoolahan went off injured during Norwich’s clash with Barnsley in the Championship.

Hoolahan departed the action after suffering a thigh strain and is now a doubt for Ireland’s pivotal World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday.

After the game, interim Norwich boss Alan Irvine said he was unsure how serious the injury was and added Hoolahan would likely travel to be assessed by the Irish medical staff.

The 35-year-old has been a key figure during Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign thus far, providing the assist for James McClean’s match-winning goal against Austria back in November.

There was better news elsewhere in the Championship, however, as Aiden McGeady continued his fine form with a last-minute goal in Preston’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn.

Another Irish international, Stoke’s Jon Walters, was on target in the Premier League, as he won and subsequently scored a penalty against leaders Chelsea.

Hoolahan, meanwhile, is not Ireland’s only concern ahead of next week’s game. Harry Arter is a doubt with a calf problem, with the player left out of Bournemouth’s matchday squad for this evening’s clash against Swansea.

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