October 22, 2021

Doherty, Stevens withdraw from Republic of Ireland squad

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Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens are out of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Qatar on Tuesday evening.

Tottenham full-back Doherty limped out of Saturday’s 1-0 World Cup Qualifying defeat to Luxembourg at half-time, while Sheffield United’s Stevens has been released having been assessed after the game.

A Football Association of Ireland statement read: “Defenders Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens have withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland through injury.

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“The squad travelled to Debrecen, Hungary last night for the international friendly against Qatar on Tuesday, March 30, with kick-off at 7.45pm (8.45pm local time).

“Doherty came off injured at half-time in the 1-0 defeat against Luxembourg whilst Stevens was assessed post-match and it was determined he would not travel with the squad to Hungary.”

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Highlights of Republic of Ireland against Luxembourg from FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

The Republic of Ireland will be looking to finish this month’s international break on a high against Qatar, having suffered defeats away to Serbia and at home to Luxembourg in the past week.

Those results have left the side bottom of World Cup Qualifying Group A and have heaped the pressure on manager Stephen Kenny.

The 49-year-old has not won any of his 10 games since becoming manager in April 2020, but insists he is not concerned about his future.

He said last week following the loss against Luxembourg, who are ranked 98th in the world: “It’s not something I’m focusing on. From my point of view, I can’t affect that. It’s not something I’m focusing on at all.

“We all have setbacks at various times and I have absolute conviction that I’m capable of doing a very good job here, but this evidence doesn’t back it up, I do realise that.

“We have to do a hell of a lot better than that.”

Republic of Ireland squad to play Qatar

Goalkeepers: Mark Travers, Gavin Bazunu, Kieran O’Hara

Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Dara O’Shea, Ryan Manning, Cyrus Christie, Darragh Lenihan

Midfielders: Alan Browne, Jeff Hendrick, Jayson Molumby, Jason Knight, Josh Cullen, Conor Coventry, Robbie Brady, James McClean, Daryl Horgan, Ronan Curtis

Strikers: Callum Robinson, Shane Long, James Collins, Troy Parrott