Thursday 22 August 2019

Shay Given ruled out of Ireland's clash with Bosnia after operation on knee

Shay Given is out of the Bosnia match
Shay Given is out of the Bosnia match

John Fallon

Shay Given has undergone an operation on his knee and confirmed he’ll definitely miss Ireland’s Euro play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina next week.

Ireland’s most capped player suffered the injury during last month’s win over Germany, forcing him to be substituted for Darren Randolph before half-time.

Concern for Given’s availability deepened last week after his Stoke City manager Mark Hughes revealed a set-back on the injury had occurred in training.

Now the 39-year-old has admitted the problem required surgery, leaving him as a frustrated spectator for the two legs on November 13 and 16.

“I’m gutted not to be able to play but I’ll be there in spirit,” Given told Talksport today.

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“I chipped a bone in the match against Germany. Although it had really settled down well, I had a reaction in training and then the operation on Wednesday.

“He (the surgeon) took some bone out hopefully it will settle down.

“If we can get a draw out there in Bosnia, we’ve every chance of qualifying. The second leg back in Dublin will be a massive occasion with a huge atmosphere.

“Our only problem is the few injuries and suspension. But I suppose that’s what the squad is for.”

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