Duff ruled out of Italy game
Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, has today (Tuesday) confirmed Damien Duff will not be available for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Italy on Saturday at Croke Park due to a calf strain.
The Fulham winger sustained the injury while playing for his club against Arsenal last Sunday week and the Italy game come has came too soon for him, though he could have a chance of being fit for the final qualifier against Montenegro four days later depending on a medical scan over the weekend.
Also ruled out of the Ireland squad through injury are Steven Reid (Achilles), Darron Gibson (groin) and Caleb Folan (hamstring). QPR midfielder Martin Rowlands, the holder of three caps, and Reading striker Noel Hunt have both assembled with the squad as late call-ups.
The squad held their first training session of the week at Gannon Park in Malahide today.