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Kelly withdraws

3 September 2013

Defender pulls out of Ireland squad

Reading defender Stephen Kelly has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland's squad after the recent birth of his child. 

Giovanni Trapattoni's side are due to play World Cup Qualifiers with Sweden and Austria over the international break. 

Stephen also missed our 1-0 win over Yeovil Town this past weekend - and everyone at the club would like to send him our best wishes. 

Fellow Irish duo Sean Long and Liam Kelly will be in action for the Emerald Isle's under 19s on Tuesday evening, in the first game of a double header with Slovenia to be played in Waterford. The second fixture will take place on Friday.

Full international preview to follow. 

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