Injury concerns mount for Ireland as Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan suffers hamstring complaint

Giovanni Trapattoni has been dealt a further blow ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Faroe Islands as Glenn Whelan is set to be ruled out
Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan looks set to miss out on the Republic of Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Faroe Islands after sustaining a hamstring injury in his side's draw with Liverpool at the weekend.

The FAI have confirmed that Whelan will undergo a scan in Dublin today, Monday September 8, before any decision is made on his fitness to play.

The 28-year-old was taken off after 20 minutes during the fixture against Liverpool, but Potters boss Tony Pulis has indicated that he is 'pretty sure' that the midfielder will not be involved in the forthcoming international games.

"I'm pretty sure that he won't be off playing with Ireland, which will be a huge disappointment to him, as of course it is to us too," Pulis told the club's official website.

"He is a massive Ireland supporter and he is a very patriotic lad, so he will be desperate to be out there playing for his country and helping them to get the results they are looking for over the next nine or ten days.

"Unfortunately though, with the injury that he has it looks unlikely that he will be able to play a part in any of their two games," he added.

Meanwhile, a decision will be made today regarding the fitness of Sunderland winger James McClean and Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger, who both reported injuries after their weekend fixtures.