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Stephen Kenny Seeks First Win In Finland

James McCarthy has become the latest player to be ruled out.

Stephen Kenny will be hoping for his first win as Republic of Ireland manager later today when his side take on Finland in the Nations League.

The Irish team have been decimated by Covid-19 related withdrawals but have made it to Helsinki for the 5pm kick-off Irish time.

James McCarthy is also out with a hamstring issue, while James McClean is suspended after his red card against Wales on Sunday.

Irish defender Enda Stevens says the team have been encouraged by performances under Stephen Kenny, even if a win has eluded them so far:

From a Finnish perspective, Norwich striker Teemu Pukki is hoping to extend their winning Nations League run to three games.

Kick-off is at 5.

There’s a 7.45 start to the other game in Ireland’s group with Bulgaria playing host to Wales.

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