Despite not playing for his club Swansea City since before the transfer deadline, Michael Obafemi is in the plans of Republic of Ireland coach Stephen Kenny.
His club manager Russell Martin did not include him in his squad due to Obafemi not being “in the right frame of mind” to play since he was the subject of an offer from Burnley in the final hours of deadline day.
However, he is among the The 24 players Named by Kenny for Ireland’s upcoming matches in the UEFA Nations League with Scotland and Armenia.
Obafemi scored twice at home against Scotland in the last international window before missing the last game away to Ukraine due to injury.
“I’ve spoken to Michael and like everything else, there are two or three teams for every story. Michael definitely wants to play football, he wants to play for Swansea,” Kenny said.
“Obviously it was deleted from the last couple [Swansea] Differences after bidding deadline etc. It’s not perfect, we want our players to play and come in good shape. It’s just one of those things, I’m sure he’ll be back playing soon.
“We are happy to have him in the squad because we have seen him several times this season and he has played well, he was at the level that finished last season.”
Euro 2016 champion Robbie Brady He’s back in the fold after an encouraging start to his career at Preston.
“I’ve had 18 months left of Robbie’s squad. He’s one of our best players for sure, all things being equal. But things weren’t equal for him because his body had let him down so much, and that was even more so,” said Kenny.
“It’s just good to see him, he’s just absolutely worthy, we admire him as a player and the talent he has, but his performance with Preston was really different than the left-back.
“He offers you different things, he is a very creative passer from this position, high quality passes and he sees things very early on and he has played well in that position so far this season. I have been through a few times to see Preston clearly and I have enjoyed his performance.”
Top goalkeeper of the last international window, Kauimhin Keeler, is missing from the squad due to an unspecified injury.
Keeler has been at the center of a row between club and country over the exact location of the injury.
“With Caoimhin, if Caoimhin modified something in the match against Ukraine, it wasn’t clear from his performance. He did very well and did everything really well. I honestly wasn’t aware of his injury at the time.
“He trained with Liverpool when he came back pre-season and got injured, but for sure it was something we weren’t aware of. The good thing is he’s making good progress and will be back soon, and he should be back for it. The next camp for sure.
When asked if he had spoken to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Kenny replied:
“I haven’t spoken to Jurgen Klopp but the medical teams have been in constant contact so that was clear.”
Three players were welcomed back after suffering injuries. Brady, Callum O’Doda and the aforementioned Andrew Omeupamidel.
Omubamidele has distinguished himself since returning to Norwich City, who are second in the English Premier League.
“It’s different for Andrew because when you’re a young player and you haven’t had an injury, it’s new, it’s uncharted territory.
“It’s a stress fracture, or a potential stress fracture in your back. It creates uncertainty. He’s had a long time after coming onto the scene, had a really exceptional start to his international career and only played seven club games when we played with him, and he didn’t disappoint. We knew what we were getting into and he really excelled.”
O’Dowda scored for his new club Cardiff City thanks to a pass from Callum Robinson on Tuesday night and was struggling with injuries.
“Callum is talented, left-footed and a direct dribbler. But he was unable to get a string of matches with his former club Bristol City. He suffered a severe hamstring injury and it recurred.
“It was a really tough period for Callum so he went through a lot because he had some false dawns where he seemed to come back and then come back in. Sometimes you get that with explosive players, so he has been through a lot.
“He moved to Cardiff and started the season well. He played in four different positions – right wing, left wing, left back and wing back.
“He is a multi-talented player and I hope he will be an important person and an important player for us in qualifying for the European Championship between March and November. I hope he will be involved.”
Ireland is set to travel to Glasgow for the UEFA Nations League match at Hampden Park, on Saturday, September 24, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Ireland will then return to Dublin to face Armenia in their final group game at Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, September 27, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
The Republic of Ireland national team for Scotland and Armenia
goalkeepers: Gavin Pazono (Southampton), Mark Travers (Bournemouth), Max O’Leary (Bristol City).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Duffy (Fulham), John Egan (Sheffield United), Nathan Collins (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andrew Oumbamidelli (Norwich City), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion). James MacLean (Wigan Athletic), Robbie Brady (Preston North End).
midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Jeff Hendrik (Reading), Jason Knight (Derby County), Alan Brown (Preston North End), Jason Mullombi (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Horihan (Derby County), Callum O’Doda (Cardiff City). ).
attackersChidose Ogbeni (Rotherham United), Michael Obafemi (Swansea City), Troy Parrott (Preston North End), Callum Robinson (Cardiff City), Scott Hogan (Birmingham City).
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