SAINTS striker Shane Long has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad with a groin injury.

Long, who trained with the national team yesterday, had initially recovered from the dead leg he suffered during the win against Tottenham.

Ireland also announced that Aiden O'Brien had been drafted into the squad.

The 25-year-old Millwall forward comes in for the injured Long.

An FAI statement read: “Aiden O'Brien has been called into the Ireland squad for the upcoming games against Gibraltar and Georgia.

“He replaces Shane Long who has pulled out with a groin injury. O'Brien will link up with the squad tomorrow.”

The Saints striker was due to play in Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, but will now return to Staplewood to begin his recovery.