Ciaran Clark has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad in place of injured defender Sean St.Ledger.
Clark has been called into the squad for the games against Germany and the Faroe Islands beginning in Dublin on Friday night.
St.Ledger picked up a hamstring strain on Saturday as he played for Leicester City and Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni had expected him to miss both qualifiers.
Trapattoni has moved swiftly by calling in 23-year old Clark who will link up with his Ireland teammates this evening.
St.Ledger will prove a big miss to Ireland as they take on Germany on Friday night at the Aviva Stadium.
He has been a mainstay at the heart of the Irish defence for almost four years now and with Richard Dunne also missing through injury Ireland’s defence looks in trouble.
Elsewhere it looks as if Sunderland’s James McClean will miss the Germany game after a grade one hip flexor strain suffered on Saturday against Manchester City.
The Derry man may be available for the Faroe Islands game and he has stayed in Sunderland working on the injury to give himself every chance of making the plane to Torshavn next week.
Stoke City’s Glenn Whelan is also ruled out after the Ireland midfielder suffered hamstring problems during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
It is bad news for Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of Friday’s huge game with Germany but he will be relieved his captain Robbie Keane will be fit for the game.
Keane scored for his club LA Galaxy in the early hours of this morning and he is expected to join his international teammates soon ahead of Friday’s game.