Tuesday 21 November 2017

Given back in action as Irish star answers Boro SOS call

Shay Given
Shay Given
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SHAY GIVEN has joined Middlesbrough on a one-month emergency loan and is set to finally make his 600th career appearance in tomorrow's Championship encounter with Bolton.

The Aston Villa netminder has been frozen out of the first team since August last year, when he was displaced by Brad Guzan.

Paul Lambert was keen to move the £60,000-a-week 'keeper off his wage bill but no buyer has come forward and several proposed loan moves fell through. The situation is complicated by the Donegal man's contract, which runs until 2016.

However, Middlesbrough have come forward after their 'keeper Jason Steele was sent off against Leeds United, which means he will be suspended for three games.

Given (37) has not played a competitive match since an FA Cup tie in January but will come straight into contention for the Bolton clash. His stay will last until December 29.

There wasn't such good news for Paddy Madden, who is facing a miserable December on the sidelines at Yeovil after he failed to agree a move away.

The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour with boss Gary Johnson. He was keen for a short-term switch but it failed to come off after Yeovil looked for interested parties to agree to make a deal permanent in January. That put off Rotherham and Swindon, while Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll -- who wanted Madden -- was sacked yesterday.

Meanwhile, ex-Shamrock Rovers man Enda Stevens has joined Doncaster Rovers on a one-month loan from Aston Villa, while Wolves netminder Aaron McCarey has agreed a temporary switch to York as well as signing a new two-and-a-half year contract which secures his long-term future at Molineux.

Manchester United striker Will Keane has joined Wigan on loan until New Year's Day. His twin brother, Michael, who plays in defence, has also been loaned out by United to Derby. The two could make their debuts against each other when Derby travel to the DW Stadium on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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