WESTWOOD has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales.
However he, like keeper Sheffield Wednesday Keiren
Westwood and Hull midfielder David Meyler, is expected to join his team-mates later today.
Christie is joined by fellow Derby defender Richard Keogh, Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren
Westwood and LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane, although the veteran striker is facing a race against time to be fit for their opening match against Sweden as he recovers from the calf strain that kept him out of the warm-up matches against Holland and Belarus.
From Jiri Skalak's resulting corner, Brighton came desperately close to taking the lead when Hemed's header hit the bottom of Wednesday keeper Keiren
Westwood's left-hand post.
Ireland could turn to West Ham keeper Darren Randolph or Millwall shotstopper David Forde, while Keiren
Westwood of Shef-field Wednesday is also in the squad.
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren
Westwood stood alone and defiant between Norwich and an end to their autumn slump.
Westwood is the latest man to leave Sunderland as head coach Gus Poyet re-shapes his squad.
WE told you yesterday how Nikki Hunter shamed her son Keiren
by posting a picture online of him unconscious and covered in vomit in a bid to end the "neknomination" craze.
Westwood may have to undergo surgery to cure the shoulder injury that has kept him out of Sunderland's Premier League campaign for almost two months, writes JAMES HUNTER.
Bruce brought in Coventry's Irish keeper Keiren
Westwood this summer and the Scot also faces competition from Belgian Simon Mignolet.
She thanked everyone, especially the family of Keiren
Dodds, three, who raised around pounds 200.
Should any of the three sign, they will join Keiren
Westwood (ex-Coventry) and Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham) who will complete their free-transfer moves on Friday.