SHAY GIVEN HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN from the Republic of Ireland squad for Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Given won his 133rd international cap last night in the 1-0 win over Germany at Aviva Stadium, but the Lifford native had to be withdraw just before half-time.
The Stoke City goalkeeper signalled frantically to the Irish bench that he was unable to play on after twisting a knee.
Darren Randolph came on for the veteran Donegal man and played his part in a famous win.
Given will now be unavailable for Sunday’s big game against Poland at the Stadion Narodowy, where a 2-2 draw or better will secure automatic qualification for next summer’s finals.
Randolph can be expected to start in Poland while Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot has been drafted into the squad as backup with Given returning to Stoke, where he’ll have the extent of his injury assessed.
Meanwhile, Killybegs’ Seamus Coleman will be available on Sunday after a hamstring ruled him out of last night’s game in Dublin.