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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Republic open to Given return

Shay Given could be in line for a return to international football

Roy Keane will be at Middlesbrough on Saturday as Ireland run the rule over veteran goalkeeper Shay Given.

Keane, who is manager Martin O'Neill's assistant, will watch the Teessiders in their Sky Bet Championship clash with Charlton at the Riverside Stadium.

Given, whose loan spell at Boro from parent club Aston Villa is due to expire at the end of next month, retired from international football after the Euro 2012 finals with 125 senior caps to his name.

However, O'Neill has indicated he is open to discussions with the 37-year-old, who has hinted he might like to return, as he plots the way forward after taking over from Giovanni Trapattoni.

Millwall's David Forde is currently the man in possession having replaced Sunderland's Keiren Westwood, who took over the number one spot after Given's retirement.

Westwood is facing months on the sidelines after undergoing shoulder surgery, leaving Darren Randolph and Rob Elliot as Forde's understudies when the squad last met up in November last year.

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