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Hunt doubt for Ireland but Doyle should be fit

STEPHEN Hunt is a concern for next week's international at home to Wales as the Waterford man was forced to withdraw just 14 minutes into yesterday's FA Cup defeat for Wolves.

Hunt was replaced early in the first half with a calf strain which is likely to force him to miss Wednesday's league game away to Bolton and boss Mick McCarthy will hope that the ireland winger recovers in time for their home clash with Manchester United next Saturday.

If Hunt fails to prove his fitness for those games he is likely to be pulled out of the Ireland squad for the Welsh game, though Kevin Doyle -- who missed the Stoke defeat due to illness -- is expected back.

"Hunty's got a calf strain which will probably rule him out of midweek," said McCarthy.


"We won't know the extent until he gets assessed tomorrow but I can't imagine he'll be fit.

"At this stage of the season with all the games coming up we don't want to lose anybody, especially Hunty who's got a goal in him.

"But there's nothing we can do about it.

"Adam Hammill was cup tied so we couldn't bring him on but he's available for Wednesday.

"Doyler was poorly. He might be ok for Wednesday but he wouldn't have been if he'd played today.

"He came in but he wasn't right so hopefully he'll be alright."

Two players eligible for Giovanni Trapattoni's side came out of cold storage last weekend.

Midfielder Keith Andrews played his first game since September as he started for Blackburn in their 3-1 FA Cup defeat by Aston Villa.

And keeper Colin Doyle, capped once by Steve Staunton in 2007, made his first Birmingham City appearance in 20 months when he started in goal for Alex McLeish's side in their Cup win over Coventry City.