Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has been dealt another blow as he prepares for the crunch World Cup qualifier against Austria in June, with the news that David Meyler has been ruled out for the rest of the season with medial knee ligament damage.
Meyler's club, Hull City, confirmed that the Corkman (27) suffered the injury in training and won't play again this season.
The news will come as a big blow to O'Neill following recent injuries to captain Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy.
Meyler started Ireland's last qualifier against Wales following the withdrawal of James McCarthy just before kick off in the 0-0 draw.
Hull said in a short statement yesterday evening: "David Meyler will miss the rest of the season after suffering a medial knee ligament injury during training.
"We wish David well with his recovery."
The news is equally bad for Meyler's club Hull, who face Stoke City today, and are in the middle of a relegation battle.