Ireland striker Aaron Connolly ruled out of Luxembourg clash with injury

Ireland Striker Aaron Connolly Ruled Out Of Luxembourg Clash With Injury
2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group A, Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia 24/3/2021 Serbia vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Aaron Connolly is tackled by Aleksandar Mitrović of Serbia Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Nikola Krstic
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James Cox

Aaron Connolly has been ruled out of Ireland's World Cup qualifying clash against Luxemboug on Saturday.

It is a blow to manager Stephen Kenny ahead of the must-win game.

The Brighton forward will also miss the friendly against Qatar on Tuesday.

The FAI said: “Striker Aaron Connolly has been ruled out of the Luxembourg and Qatar matches through injury Connolly came off in the 3-2 defeat to Serbia and will now return to his club.”

Connolly wasn't able to get on the score sheet in the 3-2 loss to Serbia but his movement was good and he helped to create a number of chances.

With the tie finely balanced at 1-1, Kenny was furious Ireland were not awarded a penalty after what looked like a foul on the 21-year-old.

He said: “That’s a penalty go to 2-1 up and we’re not losing the game at 2-1 up in the second half, that’s for sure. We’re not saying we definitely would have won it, but I don’t see us losing it.


“That’s a very pivotal moment in the game.”

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