Head coach Vera Pauw (Ireland) during the UEFA Women's European Championship Qualification match between Germany and Republic of Ireland -Image by Sports Press Photo

Republic of Ireland head coach confirms withdrawal of West Ham United forward

Republic of Ireland head coach Vera Pauw has confirmed that West Ham United forward Leanne Kiernan will not link-up with the squad for this month’s camp.

The 21-year-old was included in Pauw’s initial 32-player squad for this month’s international friendlies against Denmark and Belgium but it has today been confirmed that she will not be risked with the player having only recently stepped up her comeback from long term injury.

Kiernan has not featured for her club since November with the player having since struggled with a hamstring injury. The striker has recently returned to training but Republic of Ireland head coach Pauw has confirmed that Kiernan will not be fit in time for this month’s camp.

“She will not be with us in this window because of her injury,” Pauw said when providing an update on Kiernan to FAWSL Full-Time in a Republic of Ireland press conference. “She is getting back but it is a very nasty injury.

“Our medical staff are in close contact with the medical staff at West Ham and hopefully, she will be back quickly because she is a big asset for us.

“At this moment, we will not take any risks. First, she must get back to playing (with West Ham United) and be comfortable and pain free.”

The Republic of Ireland take on Denmark at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Thursday 8 April before travelling to Brussels to face Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium on Sunday 11 April.

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