Ireland's task just got that little bit easier
Belgium and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has confirmed that he will miss this summer's European Championships in France.
The defender picked up an injury during City's mid-week Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, and he confirmed through his Facebook page that he has been ruled out of the tournament.
Kompany was set to line out against Ireland in the group stages of the championship but he is just the latest in a string of injuries that Marc Wilmots has had to deal with, including that of Loverpool striker Divock Origi.
In the post he said;
I'll miss the Euros.
To me that's very sad news.
So I could be standing here, feeling sorry for myself. I could fear for my career, as others may do. I could give up.
That is not me.
I decide on my future .
There is a bigger picture to everything in life and only failing to see it, will cause me to fail.
I am a hard worker and a fighter and if you are too, then you know that, to people like us, success can come in many forms. We trust ourselves when the going gets tough.
I have the greatest respect for those who overcome their personal challenges in life with a positive attitude.
I want to live up to that.
So I remain calm and positive. I will continue to follow my path and I will do so with more conviction than ever.
I trust my friends and teammates to do well and do us proud at the next European Championships in France. I am now officially their most fervent supporter and I will be there to support them.
Written from my hospital bed,
Never giving up,
Here is the Facebook post in full.