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Monday 5 December 2016

Nervous wait for Martin O'Neill on injury front ahead of Germany and Poland clashes

Martin O'Neill's Ireland cemented themselves in third place in Group D with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Georgia
Martin O'Neill's Ireland cemented themselves in third place in Group D with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Georgia
Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O'Neill is on injury alert this weekend as he faces an anxious wait to see what sort of side he can field against World Cup holders Germany in Dublin next week.

Marc Wilson and Stephen Quinn, who both stood a good chance of being in the starting XI at home to Germany, are unlikely to be fit for their clubs this weekend and while the FAI could still insist on the pair reporting to Dublin for assessment by the Irish medical team, their chances of being match fit for a clash with the world champions are not good.

Quinn is in contention to replace the suspended Glenn Whelan in midfield against Germany but Reading manager Steve Clarke does not expect the Dubliner to be fit for Saturday's Championship clash with MIddlesbrough. "I would doubt very much that any of them would be involved this weekend, it's not such good news on the injury front," Clarke says of the Royals' injured players, including Quinn.

The Ireland boss will also be keeping a very close eye on Sunday's Merseyside derby, where he hopes that Séamus Coleman can recover from his hamstring injury, having missed Everton's previous three games.

Darron Gibson, who earlier this week made his first appearance since March, is in O'Neill's thoughts but Aiden McGeady, hoping replace the suspended James McClean against Germany, is unlikely to feature against Liverpool.

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