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Green back after seven months out

IRELAND international Paul Green has taken a major step on the road to recovery after managing his first start in seven months.

The midfielder had been sidelined since last April due to a broken leg but he was given a chance in the starting XI with Derby County against West Ham on Saturday, as the 28-year-old aims to win back his place in the Ireland squad -- forgotten man Green started in the first four games of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

"It wasn't a gamble putting them in as they needed to start a game sooner rather than later," says Rams boss Nigel Clough of Green and team-mates Shaun Barker and James Bailey.

"They'll be fitter for it but it wasn't ideal throwing them all in at once. It was a tough game to come into but they've got game time under their belts and they'll only get fitter from this point onwards."

Murray mint for Di Canio

SWINDON Town boss Paulo di Canio has given the thumbs up to Irish striker Ronan Murray following an impressive debut from the Mayo lad.

Murray joined League Two side Swindon on loan from Ipswich Town last week and made an instant impression, helping out in a 2-0 win over Aldershot.

"I have seen him play and knew what he can do. He causes problems to defenders and he has so much energy and enthusiasm," said Di Canio.

"He knows how to attack the box and we have worked on things in training with him. Our delivery from wide areas is good and Ronan knows exactly where to attack. He had a hand in the second goal with his movement."