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Monday, November 15, 2010
Dunne and Kilbane withdraw from Ireland squad

Richard Dunne, Ciaran Clark and Kevin Kilbane have withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday's friendly against Norway, the Football Association of Ireland have confirmed.

Aston Villa defender Dunne misses out with a knee injury, while his club team-mate has pulled out due to a calf problem and Hull midfielder Kilbane sits out with a back injury.

The trio join Robbie Keane (ankle), Caleb Folan (knee) and Paul Mc Shane (thigh) on the list of absentees, but manager Giovanni Trapattoni does not intend to bring in any new faces for the Aviva Stadium friendly. Preston defender Sean St Ledger is also a major doubt after picking up a knock to his knee against Hull on Friday.

As a result of all the injuries, Trapattoni has signalled his intention to have a look at young Everton defender Seamus Coleman, Greg Cunningham, who is currently on loan at Leicester from Manchester City, and Stoke striker Jon Walters, while he also mentioned Celtic's Darron O'Dea and Stoke's Marc Wilson in dispatches.

Trapattoni, who is awaiting Aiden McGeady's arrival from club duty with Spartak Moscow later on Monday, said: "We are missing many injured players, but it is important in this friendly game to look at other young players. The likes of Coleman, Cunningham and Walters, it is very important for them and for us.

"The players, we know, but with us, they can increase in confidence and personality. It will be important in the future that these players are available to us.''

Wednesday's game is the first since last month's Euro 2012 double-header, which saw Ireland lose at home to Russia and draw in Slovakia. However, Trapattoni insists there will be plenty at stake.

He said: "I have said many times in the past, there is no such thing as a friendly game for the national team. When players play for their country, when they have that shirt on, they have pride, they must be proud because they are playing for their country.''

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