Midfielders Jeff Hendrick and James McCarthy are out of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia through injury.
Burnley’s Hendrick has been ruled out with a thigh strain, while Everton’s McCarthy has a hamstring problem, and neither will be able to play any part either in Tbilisi on Saturday or when Serbia travel to Dublin three days
Fellow midfielder Eunan O’Kane reported on Monday, but has since returned to Leeds to continue treatment for an ongoing groin injury.
Manager Martin O’Neill will keep his fingers crossed over Burnley striker Jonathan Walters, who was unable to train fully as he nurses the ankle problem which kept him out of Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham.
However he, like keeper Sheffield Wednesday Keiren Westwood and Hull midfielder David Meyler, is expected to join his team-mates on Tuesday.
O’Neill has reduced his provisional 39-man squad to 25 with Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady and Ipswich striker David McGoldrick due to report on Tuesday having been given extra time for personal reasons.
The Republic are second in Group D after six qualifying games, level on 12 points with Serbia and four points ahead of Wales and Austria.