Walters out of play-offs

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Jonathan Walters has been ruled out of the Repub­lic of Ire­land’s World Cup play-off games, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The 34-year-old Burn­ley for­ward is cur­rently side­lined by a knee prob­lem and it is un­der­stood he will not have re­cov­ered in time for the play-offs, the first legs of which will be staged be­tween Novem­ber 9 and 11, with the re­turn fix­tures then tak­ing place over the fol­low­ing three days.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Walters will be out of ac­tion un­til at least Christ­mas.

As well as sit­ting out the Repub­lic’s matches against Wales on Mon­day and Moldova last week, Walters, who Burn­ley signed from Stoke over the sum­mer, has not been in­volved in the Clarets’ last two Pre­mier League games.

Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che said ahead of the Oc­to­ber 1 vic­tory at Ever­ton: “Jon won’t make it as we are still let­ting his knee calm down.

“The knee has flared up and there is a set­tling down pe­riod for that type of in­jury, so we are un­sure on timescales.

“I think it will be a bit of a while; we’re not sure yet, but it’s not going to be days. It’ll be longer than that.”

The Repub­lic of Ire­land, man­aged by Martin O’neill, will learn at next week’s draw whether they will face Switzer­land, Italy, Croa­tia, or Den­mark in the play-offs.

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