Sheffield United centre back John Egan is on course to miss the Serbia game for the Republic of Ireland after he was stretchered off during the Premier League trip to West Ham United earlier this week.John Egan suffered a leg injury in a collision with Jesse Lingard and he had to receive treatment on the pitch before the defender was taken off the field for further treatment. Republic of Ireland player John Egan is now expected to miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament qualifier with Serbia next month.

The Republic of Ireland start their qualifying campaign with an away trip to Serbia in Group A on March 24. Apart from Serbia and the Republic of Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg and reigning European champions Portugal are also in Group A.

John Egan has been a regular for the Republic of Ireland since Stephen Kelly became their manager and his absence would be keenly felt when the Irish team take on Serbia in the first game of their qualifiers ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. The Sheffield United defender is also likely to miss the home game with Luxembourg three days after the Serbia game.

The Republic of Ireland team is not the only one to miss John Egan as a result of the unfortunate injury against West Ham United, Sheffield United will also miss thedefender as they battle to survive relegation from the Premier League. The injury to John Egan further plunged the Blades into further trouble after they had conceded three goals until his exit towards the end of the second half.Sheffield United were beaten 3-0 by the Hammers through goals from Declan Rice (penalty), IssaDiop and second half substitute Ryan Fredericks. The result leaves the Blades 14 points adrift of safety in the Premier League with 14 games left.