Darron Gibson set to miss Slovakia and Russia games
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.