Saturday, April 24, 2010

Shay Given suffers serious shoulder injury

Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given looks set to miss the upcoming friendlies against Paraguay and Algeria at the RDS after seriously injuring his shoulder in Manchester City’s Premier League draw against Arsenal at The Emirates this evening.

The Donegal born player landed heavily on his left shoulder in pulling off a save from a stinging Vassiriki Diaby shot and looked in a lot of pain during lengthy treatment on the pitch.

Given was administered oxygen before being taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Gunnar Nielsen.

The worry for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is that Given has already had surgery on a left shoulder that has troubled him throughout his career.

If he requires a further operation it could also rule him out of the glamour friendly against Argentina at the new Aviva Stadium on August 11th, before Trapattoni’s side open their European Championship qualifying campaign away to Armenia on September 3rd.

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