There were mixed fortunes for Kildare’s representatives in the Republic of Ireland Senior Squad on Friday with the announcement that Maynooth’s Mark Travers (Bournemouth) and Leixlip’s Nathan Collins (Burnley) have withdrawn because of injury but Leixlip’s Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich), who made such an impression as a first half substitute against Portugal on Wednesday, retains his place for the matches against Azerbaijan and Serbia. Dara O’Shea, who Collins replaced on Wednesday, is also ruled out with injury.
Another player with Kildare links, Jamie McGrath, who starred in Faro, has also retained his placed in the squad, McGrath is a Maynooth University Business Graduate and played for the University.
West Bromwich Albion striker Callum Robinson, Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne and Celtic defender Liam Scales will all join the squad on Friday as Ireland prepare to take on Azerbaijan on Saturday, 4 September with kick-off at 5pm.
The Ireland squad travelled back to Dublin on Thursday and will train at the Aviva Stadium later on Friday ahead of the Azerbaijan match on Saturday.
Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth, on loan from Manchester City), James Talbot (Bohemians)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Liam Scales (Celtic)
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End)
Attackers: Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), James Collins (Cardiff City), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion)