Mark Travers: Goalkeeper to miss Republic qualifiers because of fractured thumb
Republic of Ireland keeper Mark Travers has been ruled out of next month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar because of a fractured thumb.
The Bournemouth player sustained a "displaced" fracture during the Republic's training camp in Portugal.
"It's really sad for us because he's a great lad to have around the place and a good goalkeeper," Republic manager Mick McCarthy told FAI TV.
McCarthy has yet to draft in a replacement for the uncapped Travers.
The 20-year-old, who made his Bournemouth debut earlier this month, will miss the away game against Denmark on 7 June and the Dublin encounter with Gibraltar three days later.
"It is an injury that Alan Kelly [goalkeeping coach] and the doc [Alan Byrne] have never seen," added McCarthy.
"He's got to go back and get it repaired if he wants to be ready for the start of the [Premier League] season."
The Republic top Group D thanks to opening 1-0 wins over Gibraltar and Georgia in March.
Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Randolph (Middlesbrough), McDermott (Kristiansund BK)
Defenders: Coleman (Everton), Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Egan (Sheffield United), Long (Burnley), Keogh (Derby County), Duffy (Brighton), Stevens (Sheffield United), Cunningham (Cardiff City)
Midfielders: Judge (Ipswich Town), Browne (Preston), Whelan (Aston Villa), Hendrick (Burnley), Hourihane (Aston Villa), Connell (Bolton Wanderers), Cullen (Charlton Athletic - on loan for West Ham), Brady (Burnley), O'Dowda (Bristol City), McClean (Stoke City), Curtis (Portsmouth)
Forwards: McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Long (Southampton), Maguire (Preston), Hogan (Aston Villa), Robinson (Preston)