Kieren Westwood to miss Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood
Keiren Westwood has been suffering from a rib injury

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales with a rib injury.

Sheffield Wednesday player Westwood, 32, withdrew from Martin O'Neill's squad on Monday.

With striker Kevin Doyle having retired because of concussion-related symptoms, the Republic squad has been cut to 30.

James McClean and Robbie Brady are suspended for the home game against Moldova on 6 October.

Two days later, O'Neill's squad will travel to Cardiff for the final Group D match against Wales on 9 October.

Group D table

O'Neill named his initial squad on 26 September, including the uncapped Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan.

English-born Hogan, 25, who had been linked with the Republic for some time, was summoned to fill the gap left by the absence of Burnley forward Jonathan Walters, who has a knee injury.

Millwall forward Aiden O'Brien also receives a first senior international call-up.

James McCarthy, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter were included despite being injury concerns.

Walters' Burnley team-mate Jeff Hendrick returns after missing the games against Georgia and Serbia earlier this month with a thigh injury.

The defeat by Serbia dropped the Republic to third place in Group D and they will need to beat Moldova and earn an away win over Wales to keep alive any hope of qualification.

Republic of Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Randolph (Middlesbrough), Elliot (Newcastle), Doyle (Bradford)

Defenders: Christie (Middlesbrough), Keogh (Derby), Duffy (Brighton), Clark (Newcastle), O'Shea (Sunderland), Long (Burnley), Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: McGeady (Sunderland), McClean (West Brom - suspended for Moldova game), Whelan (Aston Villa), Hourihane (Aston Villa), Hendrick (Burnley), Brady (Burnley - suspended for Moldova game), McCarthy (Everton), Meyler (Hull), Arter (Bournemouth), O'Kane (Leeds), Hoolahan (Norwich), Hayes (Celtic), O'Dowda (Bristol City), Horgan (Preston)

Strikers: Long (Southampton), Murphy (Nottingham Forest), McGoldrick (Ipswich), Maguire (Preston), Hogan (Aston Villa), O'Brien (Millwall).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France85211551017
2Sweden85121871116
3Netherlands84131611513
4Bulgaria84041317-412
5Luxembourg8125717-105
6Belarus8125416-125

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland88001831524
2Portugal87012842421
3Hungary8314119210
4Faroe Islands8224415-118
5Andorra8116217-154
6Latvia8107318-153

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany88003523324
2Northern Ireland86111621419
3Azerbaijan8314812-410
4Czech Rep823310919
5Norway8215816-87
6San Marino8008238-360

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia85301771018
2Wales8350125714
3R. of Ireland834196313
4Austria8233101009
5Georgia8053812-45
6Moldova8026420-162

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland86111811719
2Montenegro85121871116
3Denmark85121871116
4Romania82338809
5Armenia8206819-116
6Kazakhstan8026422-182

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England86201631320
2Slovakia8503146815
3Slovenia8422104614
4Scotland84221410414
5Lithuania8125618-125
6Malta8008221-190

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain87103232922
2Italy86111971219
3Albania8413109113
4Israel8305914-59
5Macedonia82151014-47
6Liechtenstein8008134-330

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium87103533222
2Bos-Herze84221981114
3Greece8341115613
4Cyprus8314812-410
5Estonia8224617-118
6Gibraltar8008337-340

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia8512123916
2Iceland8512117416
3Turkey8422128414
4Ukraine8422117414
5Finland8215610-47
6Kosovo8017320-171
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