Quinn out of Women's World Cup qualifiers
Defender Louise Quinn will miss the Republic of Ireland's opening two FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia.
The 23-year-old centre half reported in to the squad's headquarters in Dunboyne Castle on Tuesday with a hamstring injury sustained while playing for her Swedish club Eskilstuna United and, after assessment by the medical team, it was decided that she had no chance of making either game and would be better returning to her club for further treatment.
"It's a big disappointment as Louise has emerged as a key player for us. She is tall, strong and very effective. However, her absence will open the door for somebody else and it will be their opportunity to step up and stake a claim for a place in the side," said Ireland manager Sue Ronan.
There was better news for Ronan regarding captain and goalkeeper Emma Byrne who is ready to take her place between the posts after coming through two training sessions at Carton House without any ill-effects following a recent accident which caused her to miss Arsenal's last two games.
Ronan has no plans to call up a replacement for Quinn and will work off a squad of 19 players for Sunday's games against Slovakia at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray (1pm). The team will train at the venue tomorrow.