Ciaran Clark, as well as James McCarthy, have emerged as injury concerns for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in just under two weeks’ time.
Clark was taken off just after the hour mark as his side, Newcastle, went down to Fulham at home this weekend.
The 27-year-old has been ever present at the back for Ireland during this qualifying campaign and would be a major loss.
“He got a knock so we withdrew him as a precaution. We don’t know how serious it is yet of course so we will wait and see,” Rafa Benitez is quoted as saying after the game in the Irish Independent.
These two injuries come on top of the news that Shane Duffy will miss the qualifier against Chris Coleman’s side with question marks also remaining over the fitness of Jonathan Walters.
Robbie Brady is suspended for the game meaning that Ireland boss Martin O’Neill may have to reshuffle his pack that has climbed to the top of Group D in World Cup qualifying.
However, it is not all bad news as Daryl Horgan showed some great from for Preston on Saturday in their win against high flying Reading, scoring and setting up a goal, while Aiden McGeady was recently named Championship player of the month for February.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena