Friday, October 10, 2008

Ireland squad v Cyprus

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has called up five more players for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Cyprus at Croke Park.

Caleb Folan, Kevin Foley, Anthony Stokes, Keith Andrews and Darron Gibson have all been elevated to the squad.

Steve Finnan, Steven Reid and Stephen Kelly have been ruled out by injuries.

Newcastle winger Damien Duff returns to the squad after missing the win over Georgia and the draw in Montenegro which ensured a promising start.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy also earned a recall to the squad.

Finnan was ruled out after sustaining a calf strain in his debut for Spanish side Espanyol a couple of weeks ago while Kelly is unavailable because of a thigh injury.

Reid has missed Blackburn's last three games because of a knee injury and his absence is a major blow for Trapattoni.

The Ireland boss has included Liam Miller in the squad even though that Sunderland midfielder has been troubled recently by a groin strain.

Despite his midfield problems which include the self-imposed absence of Stephen Ireland, Trapattoni elected not to recall Lee Carsley and the Birmingham player's international days could now be over.

Paul McShane has been playing mainly at full-back since his loan move to Hull and he looks in line to replace Finnan.

Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: S Given (Newcastle Utd), D Kiely (West Brom), J Murphy (Scunthorpe Utd)

Defenders: A Bruce (Ipswich Town), D Delaney (QPR), R Dunne (Manchester City), K Kilbane (Wigan Athletic), J O'Brien (Bolton), J O'Shea (Manchester Utd), P McShane (Sunderland - on loan at Hull City), K Foley (Wolves)

Midfielders: S Hunt (Reading), A McGeady (Celtic), D Duff (Newcastle Utd), L Miller (Sunderland), A Reid (Sunderland), G Whelan (Stoke City), K Andrews (Blackburn Rovers), D Gibson (Manchester Utd)

Forwards: K Doyle (Reading), R Keane (Liverpool), A Keogh (Wolves), S Long (Reading), D Murphy (Sunderland), C Folan (Hull), A Stokes (Sunderland).

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