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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Ireland facing 'keeper crisis

IRELAND are facing a goalkeeping crisis for the Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Macedonia next month after it was confirmed that Shay Given will miss the crucial tie.

Giovanni Trapattoni will snub the in-form QPR 'keeper Paddy Kenny and give one of his untested 'keepers the task of filling in for Ireland's record caps holder.

"I am disappointed that Shay will not be able make it in for the Macedonia qualifier due to a shoulder injury. Shay's presence in the squad has always been extremely important," said Trapattoni." That said, we have good options in Keiren Westwood and Joe Murphy."

With back-up 'keepers Joe Murphy and Brian Murphy injured, Trapattoni is facing a serious headache against Macedonia, who have taken four points from four qualifiers against Ireland recently.

Coventry City man Keiren Westwood has won all five of his caps in friendly games and he will start against the Macedonians if fit, but Trap has little in the way of back-up if Westwood picks up an injury.

Veteran keeper Kenny is in superb form for Championship table-toppers QPR but his last Ireland game was in the disastrous 5-2 loss to Cyprus under Steve Staunton and Trap is likely to turn to Millwall's David Forde as back-up.

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