Wes Hoolahan ruled out of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Wales

Wes Hoolahan is definitely out of Ireland's World Cup qualifying game against Wales on Friday with the results of the player's scan at Norwich suggesting that he will be laid up for "quite a number of weeks", according to manager Martin O'Neill.

His captain, Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, and Aberdeen midfielder Jonny Hayes were both nursing ankle problems, but are expected to be fit.

Lawrence will also miss the match due to a groin injury and has been replaced by Liverpool's Harry Wilson.

And as the Republic squad trained for the first time in Abbotstown on Monday morning, O'Neill admitted the growing injury list is a big concern.

"It's the lengthiest list of list of injuries that I've known in my time in the job", he continued, "and it's come at an awkward time but we have other players who can step up". Unfortunately it has happened at a real crucial time for us. He took a bit of a knock but if he doesn't train tomorrow then he will train Wednesday.

The FAI confirmed on Sunday night that Martin O'Neill's squad for the game had been reduced to 28 players, although Wes Hoolahan - who joined up with the squad despite coming off injured for Norwich at the weekend - remains in the panel. It's bad news for us and for his club. We'll see what develops with the scan.

'Daryl, speaking to him last night, he is giving himself a chance. "We'll see what happens with the scan".

The clash against the Gareth Bale led Euro 2016 semi-finalists is a crucial one in the hunt for an automatic qualification spot for the tournament in Russian Federation in 2018, with Ireland now sitting on top of the group on 10 points, 2 clear of Serbia and 4 clear of Wales.

  • Joanne Flowers