Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Harry Arter is said to be open to a return to the Republic of Ireland fold.

The on-loan Cardiff midfielder is absent from the squad for this week’s games after his summer altercations with assistant boss Roy Keane came to light.


It’s believed Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has been acting as a go-between between Arter and the Ireland management in an effort to ease him back into the squad.

Having only been drafted into the squad at the weekend, Ronan Curtis could make his Republic of Ireland debut in tonight’s friendly with Poland.

The Portsmouth forward has scored five times in six appearances for the League One outfit following his move from Derry City.

Martin O’Neill is light on striking options with Jon Walters now unavailable.

With a lengthy absentee list, O’Neill’s anticipating another tough night

Polish striker Robert Lewandowksi could make his 100th cap tonight, and kick off in Wroclaw is at 7.45.

also in senior friendly action tonight, Northern Ireland welcome Israel to Windsor Park.

And England take on Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

In the Nations League tonight, Iceland could face another tough night.

Having been thrashed 6-nil by Switzerland at the weekend, they play host to a Belgium side that put 4 past Scotland without reply on Friday.

Meanwhile, World Cup semi finalists Croatia are in Elche to face Spain.

League of Ireland clubs could find themselves relegated to a third tier European competition.

UEFA’s Executive Committee will vote on a new competition which could be introduced as early as 2021.

It will likely see the Europa League pared down from 48 to 32 teams at its group stage.

The schedule for the FAI Cup semi finals has been set.

Dundalk will welcome UCD to Oriel Park on Friday September 28th, with a 7.30 kick off.

While Cork will travel to either Bohemians or Derry City on Sunday the 30th, with a 5.45 start at the host venue.

GAELIC GAMES

Mayo clubs have been given a deadline of Wednesday week to submit their nominations for the Mayo football manager’s job.

The role is vacant after Stephen Rochford resigned last month, citing a lack of support from the County Board.

Nominations must include a signed letter from the nominees indicating their willingness to have their name put forward.

Ciarán Deeley will stay in charge of the London footballers for another year.

The former Wexford captain was ratified by the exiles’ clubs and exectutive at a meeting last night.

2019 will be Deeley’s fourth year in charge of London.

RUGBY

Jordi Murphy has been ruled out of Ulster’s Pro 14 meeting with Southern Kings on Sunday.

The Ireland flanker sustained ankle ligament damage during his debut against Edinburgh last weekend.

Chris Henry is another that won’t be heading for South Africa after suffering a calf strain in the Ulster ‘A’ game with Leinster.

Peter Browne and Jack Owens are following the return-to-play protocols having sustained concussions in that ‘A’ game.

In better news for Dan McFarland – Tom O’Toole, Jean Deysel, Clive Ross and Tommy O’Hagan have recovered from their respective injuries and are available this weekend.

CYCLING

Simon Yates has extended his lead in the Vuelta Espana.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider was 13th in today’s time trial, and now leads Alejandro Valverde by 33-seconds with five stages remaining.

Nicolas Roche was 45th today, and is 36th on general classification.