Fulham centre back Shane Duffy will be dropped from the Republic of Ireland squad by Stephen Kenny after struggling for game time at Craven Cottage, according to the Irish Times.

The 31 year-old, who made his loan move from Brighton and Hove Albion permanent at the end of last month, has only played six games under Marco Silva this season and hasn’t featured since a superb performance at the Stadium of Light as Fulham won a thrilling FA Cup fourth round replay against Championship side suddenly.

Kenny, speaking to the newspaper, appears to have made his decision based on the big centre half’s desperate debut at Crawley in August.

“My take on it is this. At the time, on paper he was delighted with the move. They had two centre backs, Tosin [Adarabioyo] and [Tim] Ream, who had been in the Championship, who were not proven Premier League players. Shane was coming from a situation at Brighton where [Adam] Webster and [Lewis] Dunk were excellent. It was hard to get in there. They paid £20m for Webster. Dunk was club captain and had done brilliantly. He had been Dunk’s partner for years, then they bought Webster and he was struggling to play. They had other players as well.

He went to Fulham and he’s thinking, ‘Right they’ve two defenders who played in the Championship; they’re going to start. They’re unproven at this level. I’ll take my chance. With an injury, I’ll get a chance.’ The following week, they signed [Issa] Diop from West Ham for £13m. That meant he was one of four.

I went to see him play against Crawley in the Carabao Cup [last August]. They were beaten [2-0]. It wasn’t good. There was talk of a move at Christmas. Fulham had paid a loan fee to Brighton for him. It probably covered his wages. Another club would have to go and negotiate that with Brighton. He found himself in a bit of a quandary. He played in the FA Cup against Sunderland his first proper game of the year. Didn’t play against Leeds the other night. It’s been far from ideal for Shane.”