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Dunne misery

RICHARD Dunne is managing on ongoing back problem and will not be involved in Aston Villa's Europa League tussle against Rapid Vienna tonight.

Dunne has been rested by Kevin MacDonald after a poor performance in a 6-0 hammering by Newcastle last weekend, not helped by the fact that his house was burgled on the same day.

"It was a bad day for him and for all of us -- we were all upset," said MacDonald, whose side drew 1-1 in Austria last Thursday.

"We have a big game now to show a reaction but Richard is not playing. He had his house broken into the same day as the Newcastle game. It has been a bit traumatic as there has been quite a bit of stuff taken.

"He also has an on-going thing with his back and we have to manage him because he is a big player for us."

He's a big player for Giovanni Trapattoni too and the Irish boss now has significant question marks over three key men -- Dunne, Shay Given and Robbie Keane.

Given and Keane must make some hard decisions in the next few days as the clock counts down to the end of the transfer window.

Roberto Mancini wants to hand Given the Manchester City goalkeeper's shirt tonight against Timisoara in the Europa League, but he is unsure about the Donegal man's mental condition and will leave it until the last moment before making his choice.

"Ten days ago he told me he wants to play and I can understand that because for a player it's important to play," said Mancini. "We have six more days and he must decide and if he wants to stay it's a good thing.

"I must decide if he plays tonight but first I will speak with him. It's different for goalkeepers. I want to speak with him today and I'll decide after I speak with him."

Harry Redknapp claimed last night after Spurs made it through to the Champions League group stage with a 4-0 win over Young Boys that there was still a place at White Hart Lane for Keane, but he qualified his comments by suggesting that the Irish skipper may have other plans.

"If someone comes to me and says he wants to go and someone wants to buy, then that is a different story," said Redknapp.