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Ireland suffer Given injury blow

Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 11.48CET
Giovanni Trapattoni said Shay Given "will certainly by missed" in the Republic of Ireland's next UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier after the goalkeeper was ruled out for three months.
Ireland suffer Given injury blow
Shay Given is set for three months out with a shoulder injury ©Getty Images
 
Published: Thursday 24 February 2011, 11.48CET

Ireland suffer Given injury blow

Giovanni Trapattoni said Shay Given "will certainly by missed" in the Republic of Ireland's next UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier after the goalkeeper was ruled out for three months.

Manchester City FC goalkeeper Shay Given will sit out the next three months due to a shoulder injury, ruling the Republic of Ireland No1 out of his country's next UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier.

City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed the extent of the 34-year-old's problem, which is likely to require surgery. "He will need three months to recover well," explained the Italian. "It's the same injury that he had last year and I think he needs an operation. It's a disappointment for us and also for him, because we've lost a good goalkeeper."

Given will therefore miss Ireland's next qualifier at home against Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 26 March. Coach Giovanni Trapattoni said: "Shay's presence in the squad has always been extremely important and he will certainly be missed. That said, we have good options in Keiren Westwood and Joe Murphy."

Ireland lie second in qualifying Group B on seven points, two behind leaders Russia.

Last updated: 25/02/11 11.05CET

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