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Dunne released by Villa

RICHARD Dunne is now a free agent and looking for a new club after official confirmation from Villa Park that he has been released.

With doubts remaining over his fitness, the next week will be vital in Dunne's search for a new challenge.

However, there is increasing uncertainty about Giovanni Trapattoni's willingness to risk him as a starter against the Faroe Islands.

Dunne took a full part in training yesterday but Trapattoni lined up Sean St Ledger and John O'Shea in the practice match 'probables' team for tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier at the Aviva.

It could be that Dunne will make his full comeback in New York on Tuesday when Ireland take on Spain at Yankee Stadium.