Giovanni Trapattoni has called up Sunderland central midfielder David Meyler to the Republic of Ireland squad for next week’s World Cup qualifiers at home against Germany (next Friday) and away to the Faroe Islands (16th October).
The former Cork City man has endured a very difficult time with injuries in recent seasons having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament twice in the space of eight months over the last two years.
The 23 year-old, who is son of former Cork hurling great John, has however done very well to work his way back to Premier League football with the Black Cats. He has made such good progress that last month he was called up to the Republic of Ireland senior international squad and won his first senior cap when he started the friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage.
Meanwhile, fellow former Cork City FC man, Kevin Doyle, is a serious doubt for the upcoming internationals. The striker suffered a thigh injury during training with his club Wolves on Friday morning and manager Stale Solbakken has stated that: “Kevin’s injury is not serious but he will miss the international matches.”
The FAI meanwhile has confirmed that Iarnrod Éireann will be providing a return service from Heuston station Dublin to Limerick, Mallow and Cork after the game against Germany at the AVIVA Stadium. The return train is scheduled to depart from Heuston at 11:10pm headed south with the last stop in Cork.
There will also be a return service to Galway, departing from Heuston at 11:05pm. This train will stop at Tullamore, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Woodlawn and Athenry.