Southampton striker ruled out of Republic of Ireland’s first leg of Euro 2016 play-off clash with Bosnia

first_imgShane Long is out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 first leg play-off match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday evening.However, the 28-year-old Southampton striker has not been ruled out of the return in Dublin next Monday.Manager Martin O’Neill was keeping his fingers crossed as he met the media on Wednesday afternoon that Long, who scored the only goal in last month’s famous 1-0 qualifying victory over world champions Germany, would be fit for the game in Zenica after damaging his foot in Poland three days later.But despite making progress, the frontman will not be available for the game at the Bilino Polje Stadium.A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “Shane Long will not be involved in Friday’s first leg as he will remain at Southampton for further treatment on his ankle injury, but he has not been ruled out of next Monday’s second leg at the Aviva Stadium.”There was better news for Brentford midfielder Alan Judge, who was due to meet up with the squad in Dublin on Wednesday evening after recovering from a hamstring problem, and he will be joined by Charlton keeper Stephen Henderson following Keiren Westwood’s withdrawal.It has proved a difficult few days for Ireland’s goalkeepers with Shay Given sidelined by knee surgery and Rob Elliot, who played in Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, having been ruled out of the first leg with an ongoing thigh problem. 1 The 28-year-old Southampton striker has not been ruled out of the return in Dublin next Monday last_img

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