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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

Sunday, 29 March 2015
17:00
Albania v Armenia  
Georgia v Germany  
N Ireland v Finland
Romania v Faroe Isl  
Scotland v Gibraltar  
19:45
Hungary v Greece  
Portugal v Serbia  
Rep Ire v Poland
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Israel v Belgium  
Friday, 12 June 2015
17:00
Kazakhstan v Turkey  

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company