Sunday 17 December 2017

Shay Given's Euro 2016 chances in doubt after suffering groin injury

Stoke City's Irish goalkeeper Shay Given (L) talks with referee Robert Madley as they walk off at half time during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium
Stoke City's Irish goalkeeper Shay Given (L) talks with referee Robert Madley as they walk off at half time during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Shay Given's chances of forcing his way in Martin O'Neill's 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016 have suffered a big blow.

Given, who became only the 14th player in his 40s to make a Premier League start today against Manchester City, was taken off at half-time after suffering a groin injury, according to reports.

The Donegal made his first Premier League start for the Potters in Monday's 4-0 defeat to title chasing Spurs at the Britannia and had been beaten twice by Fernando and by Sergio Aguero from the spot before he was replaced by Jakob Haugaard at the interval this afternoon at the Etihad.

If Given's groin injury turns out to be serious, he may not get another chance to add to his 133 international caps.

With Rob Elliott out of the Euros following the knee ligament injury he suffered against Slovakia in March, Given would almost be assured of a place on the plane if he regains fitness.

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