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Saints striker misses Euro trip

Long picked up a hamstring injury while in action for Martin O'Neill's men during the last international break when the Irish recorded a 3-1 win over Moldova.

He returned to action sooner than expected when he started against Inter Milan at the San Siro eleven days later but was again withdrawn with a hamstring issue in the first half of the Saints' 1-0 defeat.

O'Neill has named a 35-man provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Austria in Vienna on November 12.

Currently joint-top of Group D, after three games played, Ireland will play their third away qualifier of the campaign against a team sitting 30th in the Fifa World Rankings.

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