Tuesday 24 April 2018

In brief: Westwood woe adds to goalkeeper crisis

Giovanni Trapattoni's goalkeeping worries deepened last night as Kieren Westwood missed out on Coventry City's visit to Doncaster, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

With Shay Given out of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia after shoulder surgery, Westwood was in line for a rare Ireland start in 17 days' time.

But a hip injury suffered in the Sky Blues' 4-1 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday forced him off at half-time and he was unable to take part last night and faces a race to be fit for the key Group B clash.

Scunthorpe's Joe Murphy, Trapattoni's third-choice goalkeeper, also missed out on his side's match with Barnsley due to an ankle injury, while Ipswich's Brian Murphy is another long-term absentee.

Trap could turn to two 'keepers who faced off at Millwall last night -- former Galway United and Derry City star David Forde played for the hosts, and Paddy Kenny started for QPR.

Kenny could be in line for a sensational return to international football after a five-year absence; Forde may be called up for the first time.

Aurelio out for a month

Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio will be out of action for up to a month with the hamstring injury he sustained during Sunday's victory over Manchester United.

The Brazilian limped off just 24 minutes into the 3-1 win at Anfield and the club have now confirmed he has suffered a tear to the muscle.

Aurelio has been troubled by niggling injuries this season and had only just returned from an adductor problem. The 31-year-old will miss both legs of the Europa League last-16 tie against Braga, tomorrow and tomorrow week.

Lions' roar stuns QPR

Millwall claimed a first win in six games to stun Championship leaders QPR at The Den. The Hoops went into the game on the back of an 11-game unbeaten run but after Steve Morison had slammed in his 14th goal of the season, QPR were reduced to 10 men as Danny Shittu saw red for bringing down Morison and Liam Trotter made the points safe from the penalty spot.

However, the gap stayed at seven points as Swansea could only earn a point against Millwall while Cardiff and Nottingham Forest both lost. There were, however, away wins for Norwich, for whom Wes Hoolahan was on target, and Leeds which maintained their push for automatic promotion.

Shane Long continued his fine form as Reading by taking his tally to 20 goals for the season with a 3-1 win at Ipswich.

Monaghan job for Collins

Roddy Collins returned to management last night with First Division Monaghan United.

The former Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Carlisle United boss has been out of work since a brief stint with the now defunct Cork City early last year, but Mick Cooke's move to Drogheda United last week created a vacancy for the Cabra native.

He will be assisted by defender Aidan Lynch and his first match in charge will come against Waterford at Gortakeegan on Friday night.

Irish Independent

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