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Darron Gibson set to miss Slovakia and Russia games

26 August 2011 1,441 views 3 Comments Written by Ronan

Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson has been ruled out for four weeks with damaged ankle ligaments, and will miss the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Slovakia and Russia.

The 23 year old was probably likely to be named on the bench for the two matches, with Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni expected to name Keith Andrews and Glenn Whelan in central midfield. However, Gibson’s long-range goal threat is highly thought of by the Italian, and he looked set to add to his 17 caps in at least one of the two games.

Gibson’s injury also hampers a proposed move away from Old Trafford, as Alex Ferguson looks to move the midfielder on. Gibson had been in talks with Sunderland earlier in the transfer window, but these broke down as player and club could not agree on a contract.

Giovanni Trapattoni has not called on anyone to replace Gibson, but Wigan’s James McCarthy is on standby after being named in the Under-21 squad.

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3 Comments »

  • Back of the Net said:

    McCarthy or Wilson should now get a call

  • IrishRI said:

    Wow. Gibos injured. Our hopes and dreams are shattered. When Darron Gibson went to Rome the Pope asked him if he’d like for him to bless his right foot. Gibson replied. No thanks. Your boss has already done that… Let’s wait until after the weekend to call up McCarthy so see if he picks up any of his usual knocks. There is also Conor Clifford who Trap called up against Croatia. Let’s just hope that McGeady is fit in time and no one elase gets hurt this weekend.

  • Richie said:

    If McCarthy’s available he has to come in, not sure who the alternative would be really. Clifford realistically will not be thrown into the fray in these 2 games, way too early for him. Probably back to the ‘classic’ Andrews/Whelan combo for midfield so. At least they’re both playing regularly and in decent form during the last couple of weeks. Fahey and Foley are also backup options, both having played this position for their club sides.

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