October 9, 2017 / 10:48 AM / in 12 days

Irish striker Shane Long to miss Wales showdown with hip injury

(Reuters) - Experienced Ireland striker Shane Long will miss his side’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales in Cardiff on Monday due to a hip injury, the team said.

Football Soccer - France v Republic of Ireland - EURO 2016 - Round of 16 - Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France - 26/6/16 Republic of Ireland's Shane Long react after the game REUTERS/Robert Pratta Livepic

The Irish, who can secure second spot in Group D and a playoff spot with victory over Wales, must cope without the 30-year-old Long, who played against Moldova on Friday and has won more than 70 international caps.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond

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