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Turf Moor Trio Set For Nations League Re-Match

Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick set to face team-mate Sam Vokes

4 October 2018

Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick have been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their Uefa Nations League double-header against Denmark and Wales.

Their inclusion will mean another head-to-head clash with Turf Moor team-mate Sam Vokes, who has been named by Wales for the Nations League re-match between the two countries.

Robbie Brady and Stephen Ward are not included in the provisional 32-man Ireland squad as they recover from injury.

National team manager Martin O’Neill said: “I spoke to Robbie and his manager. He was going to play a game on Monday but had a bit of a setback.

“It's only a minor knock but it's tough to bring him in when he hasn't played games.”

Ireland face Denmark on Saturday, 13 October and then host Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, 16 October, looking to avenge a 4-1 defeat in Cardiff last month in their opening group game in the competition.

Wales play a friendly against Spain at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday, 11 October before facing the Irish five days later.

England are due to announce their squad for their up-coming games later on Thursday, with Clarets winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson expected to be named in Iceland’s squad on Friday to face World Cup winners France in a friendly and Switzerland in the Nations League.

Ireland provisional squad: Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Defenders: Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff City on loan from Bournemouth), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Richie Towell (Rotherham United on loan from Brighton)

Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson, Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Wales squad: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Barnsley)

Ashley Williams (Stoke City, on loan from Everton), James Chester (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Gunter (Reading), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Christopher Mepham (Brentford), Jazz Richards (Cardiff City), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Paul Dummett (Newcastle United), Declan John (Swansea City)

Joe Allen (Stoke City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Andy King (Leicester City), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Matthew Smith (FC Twente, on loan from Manchester City)

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United, on loan from Liverpool), Harry Wilson (Derby County, on loan from Liverpool), Tom Lawrence (Derby County), Sam Vokes (Burnley), George Thomas (Scunthorpe United, on loan from Leicester City), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

Burnley also have two players in Ireland’s under-19 squad for a qualifying phase of the European Championships.

Goalkeeper George McMahon and defender James Clarke have been selected for games against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands and the Netherlands – all being played in Ireland.

The pair are expected to be in the Clarets’ Under-23 squad for their opening Premier League Cup campaign at Bournemouth on Saturday before reporting for international duty.

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