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Injuries may force Trapattoni's hand against Germans

IF we're very lucky, circumstances could force Giovanni Trapattoni to play the team most of us would pick to play Germany.

With Richard Dunne out and Sean St Ledger looking more than doubtful, John O'Shea will come into the middle of Ireland's defence, where he does his best work these days, and Seamus Coleman will take over at right-full.

I know a more likely scenario would be for Stephen Kelly to slot in at full-back but we live and hope.

In midfield, Glenn Whelan seems to be struggling with a hamstring and that should mean that James McCarthy will stay in the team after Kazakhstan.

Whether Trapattoni goes a step further and throws David Meyler into the mix as well remains to be seen.

Trapattoni spoke about three in midfield when he had Whelan, Andrews and McCarthy available but he may not know enough about Meyler to throw him in at the deep end. More likely is some sort of patched up effort with Shane Long or Simon Cox wide and Jonathon Walters up front alongside Robbie Keane.

This is a huge game in all sorts of ways and I must say, I don't fancy Ireland's chances but Trapattoni will look for a draw and if he gets it, he won't be going anywhere for the next few years.