Sam Szmodics: Republic of Ireland midfielder ruled out of Andorra and Hungary games with injury

Peterborough midfielder Sam Szmodics has been denied a senior Republic of
Ireland debut against Andorra on Thursday evening by injury.

The 25-year-old aggravated an existing shoulder problem in training and will not make the game, which is live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Manager Stephen Kenny said: “Sam Szmodics hurt his shoulder, just a previous injury that he had. He just came down awkwardly on his shoulder.

“It’s nothing serious, but it’s an injury he had earlier in the season, so that will rule him out.”

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Asked if Szmodics would be able to play in Tuesday night’s clash with Hungary, Kenny added: “No, I think he’ll be ruled out.”

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Szmodics was called up to Kenny’s ROI squad for the first time ahead of their double-header.

The playmaker started his club career at Colchester United before joining Bristol City and then Peterborough in 2020 after an initial loan spell at London Road. He helped Posh to promotion to the Championship this season with 15 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.

The Republic of Ireland play Andorra on Thursday and Hungary on June 8, with manager Kenny still looking for his first win in charge.

Swansea’s Conor Hourihane and Ryan Manning joined the squad on Monday after their defeat in the Championship play-off final.

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