Ireland faces injury blow ahead of Euro 2020 play-offs as Robbie Brady sidelined due to bruised ribs

Following the a rib injury acquired in the Premier League defeat against Leicester, Robbie Brady looks set to miss Burnley’s League Cup game at Millwall and doubtful on Euro 2020 playoffs against Slovakia. The Burnley midfielder was forced off the pitch before half-time and was replaced by Erik Pieters. Stephen Kenny’s Ireland are due to play their semi-final in Bratislava on October 8.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche provided an injury update after the game, explaining how Brady sustained a rib injury during the recent international window. “With Robbie, we think it’sbruised ribs and they can be sore,” Dyche said, running through his growing injury list. “He’s been carrying it since being away with the national side, and unfortunately got a bang on it again tonight, so we made that decision early.

Brady sent Burnley through to the fourth round of the CarabaoCup on a dramatic evening at Turf Moor last week. In two weeks, Ireland’s play-off showdown against Slovakia takes place, leaving a possibility of Brady missing the match if not be fitted to play. The Leicester game was Brady’s first Premier League start since New Year’s Day.

Another matchup that he might miss is the Nations League matches against Wales and Finland. Brady came off the bench to play a key part in Ireland securing a late point in their Nations League opener against Bulgaria last month. It would also be a blow to Brady, who has had more than his share of injury setbacks over the past couple of seasons.

The Burnley midfielder was called by new Ireland boss to bepart of a 23-man squad for Nations League opener, Kenny’s first in charge since replacing Mick McCarthy as manager. Brady, who has been capped 46 times by his country, returned from injury following lockdown towards the end of last season and featured in the Clarets’ final three Premier League games.

The winners of the playoff semi-final in October 8 will go on to host either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina in a playoff final on November 12. The winners of the playoffs will complete the teams that will compete in the postponed Euro 2020 next year. All matches are reportedly going to be played behind closed doors.