Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for tomorrow’s friendly with Oman and the World Cup qualifier with Serbia on Monday.
Rogers replaces Portsmouth’s David Forde after he opted to return to his club to ensure he doesn’t lose his place as first-choice goalkeeper at Fratton Park.
The Dundalk goalkeeper had been due to play in his side's FAI Cup meeting with Crumlin United tonight, as well as their league clash with Bohemians on Friday, but he is now expected to travel to Belgrade.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill also confirmed that Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy will not take part against Oman as they nurse injuries with a view to being fit for the competitive clash in Belgrade next week.
There is better news from Sunderland, where John O'Shea trained this morning. The Waterford man will join the squad in Dublin tomorrow with an eye on Monday's clash.
Midfielder Jeff Hendrick trained with his international teammates this morning, but is expected to fly to the UK to finalise his £10m transfer from Derby County to Premier League newcomers Hull City.