Doherty and Stevens ruled out...


Doherty and Stevens ruled out of Qatar friendly

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:26 29 Mar 2021

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Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens will both miss the Republic of Ireland's international friendly with Qatar on Tuesday.

The rest of the squad travelled to Hungary on Sunday night for the game against the World Cup hosts in Debrecen.

Doherty came off injured at half-time in the 1-0 defeat to Luxembourg in the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday, while Stevens was assessed after the match and it was decided he would not travel.

Both players started as wing-backs at the Aviva Stadium so that could mean Stephen Kenny reverts back to a four-man defence.

Kenny will be hoping to get a first win as Ireland boss at the 11th attempt but Qatar come into the game off the back of wins over Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.

The World Cup hosts were added to Ireland’s qualifying group to play a series of friendly matches against the five teams in Group A.

Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Kieran O'Hara (Burton Albion).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Midfielders: Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (Preston North End, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jason Knight (Derby County), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Conor Coventry (West Ham United).

Forwards: Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Shane Long (AFC Bournemouth, on loan from Southampton), James Collins (Luton Town), Troy Parrott (Ipswich Town, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur).


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