Shoulder injury rules Sunderland’s Westwood out of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers

Sunderland's goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (no.20) goes up for a late corner

Sunderland's goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (no.20) goes up for a late corner

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SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan.

Westwood is receiving treatment on a shoulder injury sustained against Arsenal last month and will remain on Wearside during the fortnight’s international break.

Black Cats skipper John O’Shea is suspended for the Germany encounter on Friday, but is included in the party to face Kazakhstan four days later.