Caoimhin Kelleher left out of Ireland squad with knee injury

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been left out of Ireland's squad for the October internationals after it was revealed he is recovering from a knee injury.

The 24-year-old was a notable absentee from Stephen Kenny's squad to face Greece and Gibraltar later this month, with the manager explaining the Reds number 62 is actually injured.

Speaking in a press conference, Kenny said: "Caoimhin, we got the call he got 12 stitches in a knee joint. Sometimes with stitches, if it's a calf or a thigh or a facial injury, you can get on with it, but you can't if it's on the joint, it just reopens all the time.

"It's unfortunate for him, cause he's played in the Europa League, and he was going to play three games in a row, he was going to play tonight, so it's just unfortunate for him."

Kelleher has often been Liverpool's preferred cup keeper in recent seasons, starting the games against Leicester and LASK so far in 2023/24.

The young keeper was on the bench for the Reds' controversial 2-1 Premier League defeat to Tottenham on Saturday and had been expected to start against Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League this Thursday. However, it now seems as if he will be unable to participate under the circumstances.

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Jurgen Klopp's number one Alisson will likely start the game at Anfield on Thursday, while Adrian has not been registered in the Reds' Europa League squad.

Along with Alisson and Kelleher, 22-year-old Vitezslav Jaros is Liverpool's other keeper in the 23-man squad, though any players who were born on or after 1 January 2002 and have spent two years at the club are also eligible to play.

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