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Ireland Hockey: McFerran ruled out of Nations Cup

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Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran will miss the FIH Nations Cup in Spain in June due to injury.

Holly Micklem has been called up to replace her in interim head coach Facu Quiroga’s 18-strong squad.

Katie Mullan will continue to captain the side, with Caitlin Sherin and Mikayla Power named as non-travelling reserves.

Ireland have been drawn in Pool A for the tournament alongside Korea, Italy and Spain.

They will first face the hosts on 3 June, then play against Italy on 4 June and Korea on 6 June.

The top two in each pool will make the semi-finals in the competition which counts towards world ranking points.

Before the tournament Ireland will play five warm-up games, three of which will take place in Antwerp.

They will be up against Italy on 17 May, which will be Quiroga’s first game in charge after taking over from Sean Dancer, who stepped down after Ireland failed to seal Olympic qualification.

They will also play against Belgium on 18 May and India on 20 May.

The squad will then travel to Spain and will take on both Chile and New Zealand in Terrasa on 29 and 31May.

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