Ireland and Wales face each other in a huge home-nations-based World Cup qualifier on Friday night, with Martin O’Neill’s side top of Group D and the Dragons trailing four points behind.
But at the current rate, there may not be any Ireland stars left to represent their country by the time the clash in Dublin comes around.
Newcastle striker Daryl Murphy has now been ruled out of the Aviva Stadium meet with a calf injury, meaning O’Neill could be without ten of the players he selected in his latest squad.
Indeed, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter have also been ruled out, whilst Robbie Brady is suspended, James McCarthy is a doubt and Seamus Coleman, Jonny Hayes and Shane Long all sat out of training today as a precaution.
Murphy’s injury could also have an impact on Newcastle’s promotion bid, having started three of the Magpies’ last four Championship fixtures.
Newcastle and Ireland fans have been reacting to the news on Twitter:
Daryl Murphy is the 10th Ireland player to be ruled out of the Wales game.
— Paul Fennessy (@fenno21) March 21, 2017
Daryl Murphy has gone now as well christ
— Colm Kavanagh (@ColmKavNffc) March 21, 2017
Oh no Murphy's injured… if only we had a 6ft2 Serbian powerhouse on the bench, itching for a game & to play for #NUFC… oh wait…
— Ben Broad (@JarnyBen) March 21, 2017
Really don't get why some Toon fans are so annoyed about Daryl being injured… Let's be honest, Murphy is rubbish. #NUFC
— Ian Rawlings (@ianrawlingsnufc) March 21, 2017
Murphy now has ten days to get fit, sensible and good for NUFC, need every player at this point of the season #NUFC
— TalkNUFC (@TalkNUFC1) March 21, 2017
Another Irish player bites the dust. Daryl Murphy gone back to Newcastle due to his calf injury. Might bring the boots tomorrow.
— Ben Blake (@benjmnblake) March 21, 2017
Dazzling Daryl Murphy out of the Ireland squad… pic.twitter.com/3ws6fxNWJF
— NothingButNewcastle (@NowtButNewc) March 21, 2017