Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Aiden O’Brien will link up with the Republic of Ireland squad today as the countdown continues to the opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar.

The Millwall striker has been called up to Mick McCarthy’s panel as a replacement for Shane Long who has a groin injury.

Long’s absence means another former Cork City star Sean Maguire could make his first competitive start for Ireland at the Victoria Stadium on Saturday.

The Preston North End striker is tipped to play up-front alongside David McGoldrick.

McGoldrick thinks McCarthy will give everyone a chance to shine.

The Under 19s face an early start today.

They kick off this week’s European Championship Elite Round qualification tournament in Russia with a game against Romania in around an hour.

The Republic of Ireland Women’s under-17s begin the elite phase of their Euro qualifying campaign against Norway in Edinburgh this evening.

The F-A-I say they will respond to Sport Ireland at the “earliest opportunity” after being asked about a 2017 ‘bridging loan’.

Sport Ireland are seeking “urgent clarification” from the Association after they admitted borrowing 100-thousand euro from Chief Executive John Delaney.

They claim they had a short-term cash-flow issue, but Sport Ireland say they were never made aware of any financial issues.

RUGBY

Ultan Dillane should be available for Connacht when they play Benetton Treviso in the PRO 14 this Friday.

The Tralee-man is expected to be joined by fellow Ireland internationals, Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion but Bundee Aki and Quinn Roux are likely to miss the game following the Six Nations.

Iain Henderson is a major injury concern for Ulster ahead of next week’s Champions Cup quarter final with Leinster.

The second row suffered a knee injury in Ireland’s Six Nations win over France, and has yet to return to training.

GAELIC GAMES

Dublin hope to have Paddy Andrews back for their Leinster Championship quarter final.

The St. Brigid’s forward suffered a broken jaw during Saturday night’s Allianz Football League defeat to Tyrone.

Andrews is expected to be out for at least six weeks.

RACING

There are three meetings in the UK today

Market Rasen, good; good to soft in places at 2pm
Haydock, soft; good to soft in places at 2.10pm
Chepstow, soft; good to soft in places at 2.20pm