Portsmouth's Ronan Curtis misses out on late Republic of Ireland call-up despite Brighton's Aaron Connolly pulling out of squad

Ronan Curtis has missed out on a late call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 1:00 pm

That's despite Brighton youngster Aaron Connolly pulling out of Mick McCarthy’s set-up for the upcoming internationals against New Zealand (November 14) and the crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark (November 18).

Curtis was part of the provisional 39-man panel for the two games in Dublin, but wasn’t required when the Eire boss streamlined his squad last Thursday.

A potential berth in the Ireland ranks opened up, however, when Connolly picked up a groin injury in Brighton’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

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The Seagulls striker’s omission was confirmed on Monday following scans.

But McCarthy has opted not to replace Connolly with Curtis or anyone else as he concentrates on selecting a team for both games from those already within the Eire camp.

The former Ipswich manager told the FAI website: ‘Our team doctor Alan Byrne has spoken to the Brighton medical team and had a look at the scans.

‘The scans have confirmed the groin injury and Aaron won’t be ready in time for New Zealand and Denmark.’

Ronan Curtis bagged for Pompey against Harrogate last night. Picture: Daniel Chesterton
Ronan Curtis bagged for Pompey against Harrogate last night. Picture: Daniel Chesterton

Curtis netted a superb goal in the 2-1 victory over Harrogate Town in the FA Cup first round on Monday night.

Curtis was forced to withdraw from national duty after picking up a hamstring in the build-up to Pompey’s game at Doncaster Rovers.