Omobamidele doubt for Ireland with Portugal

Omobamidele doubt for Ireland with Portugal

Omobamidele doubt for Ireland with Portugal

Omobamidele doubt for Ireland with Portugal

Omobamidele doubt for Ireland with Portugal

Norwich defender Andrew Omobamidele is a doubt for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against

Portugal in Dublin which could mean a competitive debut for Burnley’s Nathan Collins.

Omobamidele, 19, has an Achilles injury and boss Stephen Kenny is not hopeful he will feature on Thursday.

Collins, 20, earned his first Republic cap in the 4-0 friendly win over Qatar last month and could now feature if

Omobamidele joins the centre-back Dara O’Shea on the sidelines.

Omobamidele earned his first cap against Portugal in September when he replaced O’Shea after 35 minutes.

His side were on course for a famous win in Faro as they led after 89 minutes before two late Cristiano Ronaldo

goals earned Fernando Santos’ side a dramatic 2-1 victory.

The Canaries defender sustained his knock in his club’s first Premier League win of the season over Brentford on Saturday,

while a hamstring injury rules out midfielder Molumby, who is currently on loan at West Brom from Brighton.

If Omobamidele is ruled out, fit-again Seamus Coleman could be another option to slot into the back-three which has been

Kenny’s preferred defensive formation in recent games.

Squad skipper Coleman, 33, missed last month’s 3-0 win in Azerbaijan, which saw Kenny record a first competitive win in

charge at the 13th attempt, and the subsequent friendly victory over next year’s World Cup hosts.

Ronaldo’s presence will ensure a 52,000 sell-out attendance at the Aviva Stadium as the Portuguese aim for the win which

would move them two points clear of Serbia at the top of Group A.

The Euro 2016 winners will be without Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, who is being rested because of fatigue,

but is expected to be in contention for Sunday’s group decider with Serbia in Lisbon.

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