Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny says he might have make eight changes to his starting team for Thursday's Euro 2021 qualifier against Armenia.

The squad has been hit with a number of withdrawals with Conor Masterson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Michael Obafemi, Neil Farrugia and Trevor Clarke all out.

Meanwhile, captain Jayson Molumby and defender Lee O'Connor are both suspended, but both will be available for the visit of the Sweden to Dublin next week.

"We've got a lot of changes in the squad," he told FAI TV.

"We possibly have eight changes in our team. I'm very happy with the team though and the squad we've got out here. 

"It shows that we've got a depth of talent at this level. That's credit to all of the under-age coaches who've done fantastic work over the years."

Bazunu will make his debut as this age level

The team trained on Tuesday afternoon, with Kenny confirming afterwards that goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who at 17-years of age was called into the squad on Sunday, will make his debut at this age level on Thursday.

"We've got a lot of changes in the back-four," confirmed Kenny.

"Thomas O'Connor will come in and make his debut after his fantastic season so far at Gillingham.

"Danny McNamara, who has been in the squad since September, gets an opportunity and Nathan Collins, of course, who has been terrific at Stoke City so far this season."

The Boys in Green made an excellent start to their campaign, emerging with ten points from their opening four games, including a victory away to Sweden, and a draw with top seeds Italy at Tallaght.

But a defeat to Iceland last time out has put them under a bit of pressure heading into the game on Thursday.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for the players coming in. They're a fantastic group of players who all want to represent their country," Kenny continued.

"We played extremely well against Armenia in Tallaght but Armenia will be a different proposition out here and they had a fantastic victory over Luxembourg in the last round of games.

"We're going into the game with the aim to win, these are our 11th and 12th matches of the year and we want to end this year on a high."