Seamus Coleman has warned that the Republic of Ireland must make life difficult for Wales when they visit Dublin for the upcoming World Cup qualifier on March 24.
After four games, Martin O’Neill’s side are top of Group D, four points ahead of third-placed Wales, and they will be aiming to preserve their place at the summit by securing a positive result against Gareth Bale and co. at home.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a massive game for us,” Ireland captain Coleman told Newstalk.
“Things have been going very well so far in this campaign and we’re looking to build on that.
“Wales are coming to our home patch, so we’ve got to make it difficult [for them]. It’s going to be a tough game, but we believe that we can win.”
Ireland come into the game against Wales having already drawn with second-place Serbia, as well as picking up wins against Moldova, Georgia and Austria.
Meanwhile, Shane Duffy looks likely to miss the clash against Wales after sustaining a foot injury in Brighton’s 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The 25-year-old centre back was taken off towards the end of the game and Chris Hughton said that the club will assess the injury over the coming days.
However, with under three weeks to go before the encounter with Chris Coleman’s side, the former Everton defender is unlikely to be fully fit, leaving O’Neill with a defensive quandary ahead of the game.
The injury also means that Duffy is set to miss a crucial period in Brighton’s season as they look to ensure they secure promotion to the Premier League.
The Seagulls’ loss to Forest comes on the back of a defeat to title rivals Newcastle United and it has seen a five-point gap open up between them and Rafa Benitez’s team.