Villa duo Clark and Dunne pull out of Ireland squad
Aston Villa defenders Richard Dunne and Ciaran Clark have been forced to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday’s international friendly with Norway. Clark had been expected to make his debut for Ireland after switching allegiance from England just last month. However, the youngster picked up a calf injury shortly before Aston Villa’s Premier League match against Manchester United yesterday lunchtime.
Although Richard Dunne played all 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw at Villa Park, his old knee injury returned, and he will stay in Birmingham for treatment. Another injury withdrawal is Kevin Kilbane, whose back injury saw him taken off with half an hour left in Hull’s 2-0 win over Preston on Friday night.
Ireland’s other doubt is Sean St. Ledger, who picked up a knee injury early in that match with Hull. However, he was treated on the sidelines and remained on the pitch – although he was at fault for the second goal. “Ledge was in a bit of pain at half-time and had an injection,” commented manager Darren Ferguson after the match.
Giovanni Trapattoni has declined to call up any replacements, as he feels he has adequate cover.
Shay Given (Manchester City), Keiren Westwood (Coventry)
John O’Shea (Manchester Utd), Séamus Coleman (Everton), Seán St Ledger (Preston), Greg Cunningham (Manchester City), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Darren O’Dea (Ipswich)
Marc Wilson (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Manchester Utd), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Paul Green (Derby), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Keith Treacy (Preston), Damien Duff (Fulham), Keith Fahey (Birmingham)
Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long (Reading).