Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.
The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.
Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.
O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”
Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.
Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.