World Cup: Republic of Ireland call up Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford

Conor Clifford: Chelsea midfielder has been called up by the Republic of Ireland

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Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad amid a growing injury crisis.

Clifford, who has yet to play for Chelsea's senior side, is the latest man to be called up for the World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has lost Sean St Ledger, Glenn Whelan, James McClean and Kevin Doyle since naming his squad, and was only able to include Richard Dunne on a stand-by list with the central defender still recovering from injury.

Ciaran Clark, David Meyler and Robbie Brady have already been added to the original party, and Under-21 international Clifford will now join them.

Trapattoni is considering playing three central midfielders in the clash with Group C leaders Germany at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday night with Keith Andrews, James McCarthy, Keith Fahey and Meyler the main contenders.

However, Clifford's arrival, if nothing else, will help the manager's work on the training ground by increasing the numbers of players with whom he is able to work as he drills his side ahead of a tough test.

Clifford was called up to the senior side last year for a friendly against Croatia but was an unused substitute.