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Republic of Ireland boss O’Neill without Brady, Arter, Hoolahan for Wales qualifier

The Republic of Ireland team is facing an injury crisis ahead of this weekend's World Cup qualifier with Wales.

Manager Martin O'Neill is set to be without suspended Burnley winger Robbie Brady, defenders Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), midfielder Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth) and now attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) for Friday's clash at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

There is also a chance that Everton midfielder James McCarthy and Newcastle United striker Daryl Murphy could also miss the Group D encounter.

Asked for an injury update, O'Neill said: "How long have you got?

"It's the lengthiest list of injuries that I have known since I have come into the job, and unfortunately it's happened at a really crucial time for us.

"However, other players will have to step up and just be ready for Friday. Do you know, I have often said this before, that you just curse your luck and get on with it.

"The irony of all of this here is that way back when Gareth Bale got injured in November-time, everybody was talking about Wales possibly having one of their major players out of the team, and it turns out that we are the ones who are doing the suffering.

"But it is what it is and we'll get on with it and we'll be ready to go on Friday."

Ireland sit on top of the table with 10 points from four matches, four points clear of third-placed Wales, and two ahead of second-placed Serbia.

Andrew Slevison
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