Simon Cox and Darren Randolph added to Ireland squad
West Brom striker Simon Cox and Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph have been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad to face Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Macedonia. Damien Duff and Keiren Westwood have been forced to withdraw with injuries.
At Wednesday’s press conference in Athlone, Giovanni Trapattoni had said that he was worried about Duff’s fitness, and today’s announcement has confirmed that the Fulham winger will be out for the rest of the season with an achilles injury. Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has also been ruled out for the next month or more with a shoulder problem.
Darren Randolph has been called up to replace Westwood, and may see game time in one of the Carling Nations Cup games. With Shay Given only returning to fitness after having made his reserve return for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad last night, Millwall’s David Forde may well start one or both of the Nations Cup matches.
Trapattoni also confirmed the declaration of West Brom striker Simon Cox at the press conference, and with his passport and papers being processed by the FAI, he should be available for the friendlies. The 23 year old striker has not been a first-team regular in the Premier League this season, but has made 21 total appearances in all competitions, scoring 4 times, including a late equaliser against Spurs last month.