Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland international squad, following a training ground injury. The 23 year old had suffered the knee problem during Thursday lunchtime's training session, but with the club's weekly press session immediately following that, it wasn't possible to judge how serious the problem was.
The Irish Times newspaper lists Madden as one of four players who have withdrawn from the squad, with Aiden McGeady, Joey O’Brien and Sean St Ledger also dropping out of the party that was due to play World Cup Qualifiers against Sweden (September 6th) and Austria (September 10th). Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick had also earlier withdrawn, following his injury at Huish Park last Saturday. Notably, the Irish FA have given their blessing for O'Brien to play for his club this weekend, despite his withdrawal, due to the nature of his injury, but in singling him out it's clear they don't expect the other players to be appearing in their club shirts tomorrow.
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni had planned to purposefully cull a number of players from his final squad for those two matches, but the injuries have allowed that process to pretty much happen under its own steam. The Irish Times don't specify exactly how serious Madden's injury is, except to describe it as a "knee knack" and to state that they received the news this evening. The news means that Madden would be highly unlikely to feature in tomorrow's match against Reading at Huish Park.
Republic of Ireland squad: Forde (Millwall), Westwood (Sunderland), Randolph (Birmingham City); O’Shea (Sunderland), Wilson (Stoke City), Coleman (Everton), Kelly (Reading), O’Dea (Metalurh Donetsk), Clark (Aston Villa), Dunne (QPR), McShane (Hull City); Whelan (Stoke City), McCarthy (Wigan Athletic), Green (Leeds United), Pilkington (Norwich City), McClean (Wigan athletic), Brady (Hull City), Hoolahan (Norwich City); Long (West Brom), Keane (LA Galaxy), Sammon (Derby County), Walters (Stoke City), Cox (Nottingham Forest).
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