Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kevin Doyle ruled out of Bulgaria qualifier

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is set to be out of action for up to a month with a calf injury.

The Ireland international sustained the problem in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Burnley and will now miss Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifier with Bulgaria on June 6.

Doyle's injury is a blow to Ireland and Trapattoni may decide to start with a Robbie Keane/Caleb Folan front line.

Reading physio Jon Fearn said "Kevin has damaged muscle in his calf but the scans show no damage to the Achilles tendon. It`s difficult to assess how long he`ll be out, but it should be no more than four weeks."

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