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Green makes Derby comeback

IRELAND international Paul Green is ready to stake his claim for a place in the Euro 2012 squad after making a comeback from injury with Derby County.

The midfielder had established himself in the Ireland team at the start of the qualifying campaign as he started in the first four matches, against Armenia, Andorra, Russia and Slovakia, but he had been out of action since suffering a knee injury last April, while in action for Derby against Cardiff City.

But the 28-year-old has worked hard on his recovery programme and was able to take a place in the Derby squad for Saturday's Championship game at home to Hull City.

Green replaced Dublin-born midfielder Jeff Hendrick for the last eight minutes of a 2-0 defeat for the Rams.

Green will now hope to catch Giovanni Trapattoni's attention and work his way back into the Ireland squad ahead of the Euro finals.

Meanwhile, keeper David Forde could be facing a spell on the sidelines after he was forced out of action with Millwall on Saturday.

Forde missed Ireland's Euro 2012 playoff with Estonia due to a thigh problem, and that injury resurfaced at the weekend as Forde was substituted in the first half of Millwall's 2-1 defeat to Bristol City.

Elsewhere, Sheffield United have opened talks on a new contract for former St Pats' man Dave McAllister.

The 22-year-old has made eight appearances for the Blades this season, but manager Danny Wilson has reportedly been happy with his progress and is keen to tie up McAllister on a long-term deal.

McAllister joined the Blades from St Pats last January.


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