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Meyler out of Irish squad

SUNDERLAND star David Meyler has cruelly been denied the chance to make his international debut later this month as he suffered a serious knee injury against Manchester United yesterday.

Former Cork City man Meyler was making his 11th start of the season for the Black Cats at home to United but he was carried off after only 37 minutes after a clash with Patrice Evra, and it appears that his season is now over, so the 20-year-old will have to withdraw from the Ireland squad for the friendlies against Paraguay and Algeria later this month.

"The injury to David Meyler was the horrific part of the afternoon. We'll wait and see on the scans but it doesn't look good. He's come in and had a terrific impact but it looks like a nasty one," said Sunderland boss Steve Bruce. "We fear it is the cruciate ligament."

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni last week named Meyler in his 23-man squad for a training camp in Dublin but Trapattoni is a big fan of the Corkman and was certain to hand him his debut in the RDS friendlies.

Meyler made just two league appearances for Cork City before Roy Keane took him to Sunderland in a €100,000 deal in 2008.