Dunne to miss sell-out German clash
IRELAND are on course to play Germany in front of a full house next month, but Richard Dunne is unlikely to be at the Aviva Stadium.
The Aston Villa defender is not a part of Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man panel, with the Italian only able to place his injured star on standby in case he makes a miraculous recovery from a groin problem in the next fortnight.
Dunne is yet to play this season and Trapattoni suggested yesterday that he would need to line out for his employers before the crucial World Cup qualifier in order to prove his fitness.
However, there seems little chance that the centre-half will be ready for Villa's Premier League meeting with Spurs on October 7.
Therefore, Trapattoni is almost resigned to being without his services for the crucial meeting with the Group C top seeds.
"At the moment, it's not a game where we can have any doubts," he said.
"Richard has said that if he can play one game (for his club) then he will be available but it's very, very difficult. Maybe we can have a miracle."
It's a huge setback for the manager ahead of the eagerly anticipated meeting with the Germans. The FAI have reported strong ticket sales for the encounter, with a sell-out expected.
A large attendance would be a welcome boost to the association's coffers given their struggles to fill the venue at the beginning of the Euro 2012 campaign.
Sean St Ledger and Darren O'Dea -- who ply their trade with Leicester City and Toronto FC respectively -- are likely to man the centre of defence if Dunne misses out as expected.
Dunne is joined on the standby list by Manchester United youngster Robbie Brady, with Trapattoni of the opinion that the 20-year-old lacks the experience for a game of this magnitude.
He could still come into the picture for the trip to take on the Faroe Islands four days later.