By Ed Leahy

Republic of Ireland central defender Sean St Ledger has signed for Millwall on emergency loan until the end of the season.

St Ledger has missed most of the season for club side Leicester City as a result of a hamstring injury and had just returned to full fitness in time to be involved in Ireland’s clash with Austria on Tuesday night.

The former Preston North End defender was used as a second-half substitute after Ciaran Clark picked up an injury 18 minutes before the end of the Aviva Stadium clash.

And now St Ledger will finish out the season at The Den and will miss out on Leicester’s push for Premier League promotion.

St Ledger had played the last two games for the Foxes, albeit in the role of full-back, and will not be allowed to play for Millwall until Easter Monday when the Lions take on Ipswich Town.

Leicester and Millwall go head to head in the league on Friday night, so St Ledger will not join up with his new team until after that game.

The Ireland defender has been given clearance to play in Millwall’s ongoing FA Cup campaign and should be involved in their semi-final at Wembley as The Lions take on Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic.