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Shay is keen seal loan move away from Villa Park

SHAY Given says he will try and secure a loan move away from Aston Villa when he returns to club duties after the international break.

The 38-year-old has played just one game at club level this season, a League Cup defeat for Aston Villa against Orient back in August, and his most recent Premier League appearance was back in August 2012.

Given enjoyed a run of 16 games while on loan to Middlesbrough last season and as he is unlikely to get into the Villa side ahead of USA international Brad Guzan, he is eager to seek another loan move.

"Hopefully, at the end of this month I will try and get out, on loan to a club in the Championship," says Given.

"It's just a matter of getting a club, getting game time and getting the sharpness back."

Meanwhile, at least one job is on the line in Ireland's group in Friday's Euro qualifiers as Georgia coach Temuri Ketsbaia has said he will quit if his side lose at home to Poland.

The Georgians have taken just three points from their first three games in Group D, a 3-0 win away to Gibraltar, and former Newcastle star Ketsbaia is under fire from supporters after those losses to Ireland (1-2) and Scotland (0-1), to the extent that he has promised to quit the post he's had since 2009 if they lose to Poland.

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Poland currently top the group, ahead of Ireland on goal difference, but the Poles are wary of the task they face in Tbilisi on Friday.

"This match on Friday is Georgia's last chance so we have to be very careful," says Poland star Kamil Glik.

"This is a huge game in terms of qualification for France. We have started well but we haven't achieved anything yet.

"We will have a tough game in Tbilisi but all we want are three three points, I don't care if we win 1-0 or 5-4."

Nika Dzhalamidze, a Polish-based player in Georgia's squad, hopes to see a response in Tbilisi.

"We have lost two games, to Ireland and Scotland, which we should not have lost but we still have a chance to qualify and we have to fight to the end," he said.


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