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Sweden tie might be played under roof

FIFA's match official will decide on Friday whether Sweden and Ireland will play their World Cup qualifier under a closed roof to keep out Stockholm's wintry weather, Swedish team manager Lars Richt said.

"Ultimately it's a decision for the FIFA match commissioner and that decision will be taken at a meeting that takes place on match day at 10.30 in the morning," Richt said at a team training session.

Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni said in a press conference on Monday that he would prefer the roof of the Friends Arena to be open but the Swedes would rather keep the roof shut for the sake of the spectators.

"Common sense says if it's cold and snowy everyone wants to have the conditions as good as possible and that's with a closed roof," Richt said.

McCarey recalled by Wolves

WOLVES have recalled Ireland U21 cap Aaron McCarey from his loan spell with Walsall as cover after No. 1 Carl Ikeme injured his hand in a bizarre accident, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Ikeme suffered his hand injury by punching the tactics board in the Wolves dressing room and faces a spell on the sidelines.

That has forced Wolves boss Dean Saunders to recall McCarey (above) from Walsall.

"He made a mistake, he punched the tactics board out of frustration," said Saunders of Ikeme's injury.

"I have spoken to him and he could barely speak he was that disappointed by what he had done.

"It's only cardboard but there is a metal bar behind it which has damaged his hand. It was similar to Kevin Doyle kicking the corner flag on Saturday, he could have broken his foot."

McCarey joined Wolves from Monaghan United three years ago but has yet to make his first-team debut.


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