Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has been forced to make changes to his squad for their upcoming triple header after injury withdrawals.

Seamus Coleman and Harry Arter are both doubts for the three games this month, including Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off match in Slovakia.

One player definitely ruled out is Rovers captain Darragh Lenihan who missed the weekend draw with Cardiff City because of a knee problem.

Lenihan was one of seven defenders named in the original 25-man squad for the game with Slovakia as well as Nations League matches with Wales (October 11) and Finland (October 14).

Burnley defender Kevin Long has played every minute of the Clarets’ opening five matches in all competitions and has been called up to the squad as a replacement for Lenihan.

Boss Kenny said: “Kevin can consider himself not to have been in the squad in the first place as he is playing regularly in the Premier League.”

Long has won 13 caps for his country and will compete for a spot with Shane Duffy, John Egan and Rovers defender Derrick Williams who will look to win his third cap after an impressive start to the campaign, helping Tony Mowbray’s men to three consecutive clean sheets.

Lenihan picked up an injury in training on Friday before being ruled out of the game with Cardiff, with Rovers hopeful he will be back in time for the visit of Nottingham Forest on October 17.

“Right at the end of training he opened up his knee when blocking a shot,” Mowbray said of Lenihan

“He had a scan which only showed something minor but it wasn’t worth taking a chance.

“He won’t be going away with Republic of Ireland but will hopefully be back in a fortnight’s time, we’ll wait and see.”