Republic of Ireland manager Stepehn Kenny has called Bristol City goalkeeper Max O’Leary into the squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Belgium and Lithuania.
Portsmouth goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has been ruled out through illness. Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers picked up an injury and Bohemians netminder James Talbot was called into the squad. They join Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher as Kenny’s keepers for the two games.
O’Leary qualifies for Ireland through his Kerry born grandfather. The 26 year old has made 11 appearances for Bristol City in the Championship this season, 36 appearances overall, and last received a call-up in May 2019 for a training camp in Portugal.
He linked up with the squad this morning as preparations continue for Saturday’s FAI Centenary Game against Belgium at the Aviva Stadium.
Republic of Ireland Squad – Belgium & Lithuania
Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), James Talbot (Bohemians), Max O’Leary (Bristol City).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Nathan Collins (Burnley), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Jimmy Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).
Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Sheffield United, on loan from Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (QPR, on loan from Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jason Knight (Derby County), Mark Sykes (Oxford United).
Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Scott Hogan (Birmingham City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Connor Ronan (St. Mirren, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers).