Jon Walters out of Ireland’s Greece friendly, Shane Long may start

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Trapattoni against czech republic, Simon Cox in shot

Stoke City striker Jon Walters has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly with Greece and returned to his club due to a knee injury.

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Walters will not be replaced in the squad with Giovanni Trapattoni believing he has enough fire power with Simon Cox, Kevin Doyle, Wes Hoolahan and Shane Long, who was called up last week may now start against the Greeks.

Walters joins Aiden McGeady and Keith Fahey who left the squad on Sunday with an ankle injury and flu respectively.

Millwall’s Andy Keogh and Chelsea youngster Conor Clifford were called up in the pair’s absence, but Everton’s Shane Duffy and Crystal Palace’s Damien Delaney remain on stand-by and will not take part.

Republic of Ireland squad: Westwood (Sunderland), Forde (Millwall), Randolph (Motherwell), Coleman (Everton), O’Shea (Sunderland), O’Dea (Toronto), Kelly (Fulham), McShane (Hull), Ward (Wolves), Clark (Aston Villa), Andrews (Bolton), McCarthy (Wigan), Clifford (Chelsea), Meyler (Sunderland), Whelan (Stoke), Keogh (Millwall, McClean (Sunderland), Brady (Man Utd/on loan at Hull City), Hoolahan (Norwich), Doyle (Wolves), Cox (Nottm Forest), Long (West Brom).
Stand-by: Duffy (Everton), Delaney (Crystal Palace)


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