Having pushed his way past Adrian to establish himself as Liverpool’s second choice in goal this season, Caoimhin Kelleher was set for another milestone having been penciled in as the starting goalkeeper for Ireland’s next three international matches.
His senior international debut will have to wait, though, following news that his recovery from injury is behind schedule and as a result he has been ruled out of participating for his country in their upcoming matches against Serbia, Luxembourg, and Qatar.
Kelleher had been in line to get the starts due to an injury to Ireland number one and West Ham backup Darren Randolph, though Kelleher’s performances for Liverpool in spot duty this season already had the young stopper pushing the veteran.
Two of Ireland’s upcoming games are vitally important to the country as they begin their qualification run for Qatar 2022, travelling to Belgrade to face Serbia before hosting Luxembourg in Dublin. They then play a friendly against Qatar next week.
In a group with Portugal the clear favourites to qualify, any result against presumptive group runners-up Serbia and a victory against Luxembourg would give Ireland belief that they could sneak second and with it potentially qualify for the World Cup.