Republic lose Keane to injury

Robbie Keane will miss the Republic of Ireland's crunch Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia in Dublin on Tuesday through injury.

Last Updated: 10/10/11 at 22:03   

Keane: Sidelined by injury

Keane: Sidelined by injury

The Republic skipper is struggling with an adductor muscle injury he picked up in Friday's win over Andorra.

Keane has been unable to train since the game and he will now be forced to sit out the crucial qualifier as the Republic look to secure at least a play-off place.

West Brom forward Simon Cox will replace Keane in the side, getting the nod ahead of Baggies team-mate Shane Long to partner Kevin Doyle in attack.

In the absence of Keane, Shay Given will captain the Republic at the Avvia Stadium.

The Irish welcome back Richard Dunne after suspension and he will return in place of Darren O'Dea, while Stephen Kelly will take the place of the banned Stephen Ward.

A point for the Republic would secure a place in the play-offs to qualify for next year's finals, but a win for Armenia would see them leapfrog Giovanni Trapattoni's men.

Kick-off is at 6.45pm.

Republic of Ireland team: Given, O'Shea, Dunne, St Ledger, S Kelly, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Cox.

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Fixtures

Sunday, 07 September 2014
17:00
Denmark v Armenia  
Georgia v Rep Ireland  
Hungary v N Ireland  
19:45
Faroe Islands v Finland  
Germany v Scotland  
Gibraltar v Poland  
Greece v Romania  
Portugal v Albania  
Monday, 08 September 2014
17:00
Russia v Liechtenstein  
19:45
Austria v Sweden  

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