Shay Given ruled out of Ireland's clash with Bosnia after operation on knee
Published 06/11/2015 | 14:14
Shay Given has undergone an operation on his knee and confirmed he’ll definitely miss Ireland’s Euro play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina next week.
Ireland’s most capped player suffered the injury during last month’s win over Germany, forcing him to be substituted for Darren Randolph before half-time.
Concern for Given’s availability deepened last week after his Stoke City manager Mark Hughes revealed a set-back on the injury had occurred in training.
Now the 39-year-old has admitted the problem required surgery, leaving him as a frustrated spectator for the two legs on November 13 and 16.
“I’m gutted not to be able to play but I’ll be there in spirit,” Given told Talksport today.
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“I chipped a bone in the match against Germany. Although it had really settled down well, I had a reaction in training and then the operation on Wednesday.
“He (the surgeon) took some bone out hopefully it will settle down.
“If we can get a draw out there in Bosnia, we’ve every chance of qualifying. The second leg back in Dublin will be a massive occasion with a huge atmosphere.
“Our only problem is the few injuries and suspension. But I suppose that’s what the squad is for.”