‘It seems he might not go away’ – Swansea boss on Hourihane’s Ireland availability

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Conor Hourihane

The midfielder picked up an injury yesterday as his side lost to Cardiff City.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper has confirmed that Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane may miss the crucial World Cup qualifiers coming up next week. Hourihane was forced off yesterday after 18 minutes due to a hamstring injury, leaving him a major doubt for his country.

“I am not sure of the extent of his hamstring injury,” said Cooper on Hourihane’s injury.

“He has come off, but I am not sure how bad it is, that we will find out over the next few days.

“It seems he might not go away, but I don’t want to rule him in or out at the moment.”

Hourihane was in fine form leading up to his injury, contributing to 6 goals in 13 Championship games for Swansea.

The Corkman isn’t the only injury doubt that emerged for the Republic of Ireland yesterday, Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda was also forced off with injury.

O’Dowda only just came back from an injury which kept him out for several months. The extent of the injury is yet unspecified, however with his lack of game time it would appear unlikely that he’ll feature during the international break.

Hourihane and O’Dowda add to an ever-growing list of injury doubts for the Republic of Ireland.

There are a number of players within the Ireland squad who are already injury doubts, as well as several others who didn’t make the squad due to injury.

The Republic of Ireland squad travel to Belgrade next Wednesday (March 24th) to take on Serbia before meeting Luxembourg in the more familiar venue of the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (March 27th). Their final trip takes them to Nagyerdei Stadion in Hungary on the following Tuesday (March 30th) where they’ll face World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar in a friendly.

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