Journalist: Senior Newcastle star left sidelined on international duty

Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark has been left on the sidelines for the Republic of Ireland’s training match ahead of their international friendlies next week, according to a journalist.

The Daily Mail’s north east football correspondent Craig Hope has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 28-year-old was missing as manager Martin O’Neill put his side through their paces during a training camp in Turkey.

The Irish national side will play a friendly against Turkey on Friday night before travelling to France to take on Didier Deschamp’s men at the Stade de France five days later.

Clark, who has a total of 58 appearances under his belt for Newcastle, has been in and out of the senior side at St James’ Park this season, with 22 outings across all competitions, and has been a substitute for their last three games.

Football Insider verdict

While Clark might not be a regular at Newcastle right now, and senior blow will be a worry to Rafael Benitez considering just how threadbare his squad is at the best of times. Were the centre back to be ruled out of action, the rarely seen Chancel Mbemba could step into his place, having failed to prove he can be trusted in the first team this season. Still, it only looks to be a precaution right now, but there is no doubt Benitez will be wanting full updates on every one of his men out with their countries ahead of what promises to be a crunch end to the season.

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