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Friday 23 March 2018

Trapattoni calls up Clark as injury rules out Keane

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ASTON VILLA's Ciaran Clark has been called up to the Ireland squad for next week's friendly with Norway, but Robbie Keane's season of woe has continued after he was ruled out.

Clark missed out on Giovanni Trapattoni's initial squad selection because the necessary paperwork hadn't gone through to confirm his switch of allegiance from England to Ireland.

The 21-year-old captained England at underage level, but both his parents grew up in Ireland and the persuasive powers of Richard Dunne convinced the defender to convert.

He has been regularly involved with Villa in the Premier League this season, even filling in as a defensive midfielder in recent weeks.

The FAI are still waiting for the all-clear from FIFA, but have received the news that his application could be considered in time for Wednesday's encounter. Either way, he will link up with the squad for training.

Keane is out, however, with the ankle injury he picked up in training last Friday consigning him to a watching brief -- a position he has unfortunately become accustomed to at Spurs this term. Trapattoni was set to give his skipper a badly needed 90 minutes.

He is one of three withdrawals, with Hull pair Caleb Folan and Paul McShane also missing with knee and thigh problems respectively.

Irish Independent

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