Two Newcastle United players set now for operations after season end
Last week, the Irish media were talking about the upcoming Republic of Ireland squad and mentioned that their information was that two Newcastle United players were set to be missing.
The games in June are only friendlies but with their recent poor results, this Republic of Ireland get together was seen as important in terms of preparation for their World Cup qualifiers in September, so a strong squad needed.
It was the Irish Examiner that discussed the likely squad at the disposal of Stephen Kenny when the Republic of Ireland have games against Andorra on 3 June and Hungary on 8 June.
Their report saying that Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick had both been carrying long-term injury problems and ‘require some sort of procedure’ this summer, the only question appearing to be whether what sounds like low key surgery for the pair will happen immediately after the season ends, or whether Newcastle United will allow the Irish pair to take part in this international get together first.
This was the Republic or Ireland squad that was announced on Monday for the June get together:
Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City)
Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Stoke City), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City).
Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Conor Hourihane (Swansea City, on loan from Aston Villa), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jayson Molumby (Preston North End, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren), Daniel Mandroiu (Shamrock Rovers)
Many Republic of Ireland fans wondered at what looked the weakness of the squad, including the absence of the two Newcastle United players.
Only a minority of those named having played Premier League football in the 2020/21 season.
In the cases though of Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick, it does appear that the media info was correct, because with so little football for Newcastle recently, you would have expected the pair, if fully fit, to be keen to be playing in these matches for the Republic. Interesting now to see if / when Newcastle United do confirm surgery for the pair.
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