The man who many have blamed for Ireland’s failure to qualify for the last World Cup; Paul McShane, has been called up to the Republic’s setup.
It is thought that the move is only precautionary, with first choice defenders John O’Shea, Richard Dunne, Kevin Foley and Seán St. Ledger all carrying knocks and thought to be not ready for Saturday’s farewell as the last game before the squad depart Irish shores.
Ireland’s assistant manager Marco Tardelli stated that McShane had been called up on a temporary basis and that the management hoped that the injured would have recovered before Ireland’s first game at Euro 2012 against Croatia on 10th June. It is thought the four carrying knocks will travel to Ireland’s pre competition base at Montecanti on Sunday morning. Shay Given Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, and Robbie Keane are also doubts for Saturday’s friendly.
Shay Given will travel to London tomorrow to visit a knee specialist that he has seen in the past. He will return to Portmarnock in the evening. This is purely precautionary and Shay remains fine for the Euros.