Dunne expected to be fit for Italy game

Dunne expected to be fit for Italy game

The ankle injury which prevented defender Richard Dunne ....
7th Oct 2009

 

The ankle injury which prevented defender Richard Dunne from participating in the Republic of Ireland training session on Wednesday morning is not deemed sufficiently serious to jeopardise his availability for Saturday's FIFA World Cup Group 8 qualifier against Italy at Croke Park (8pm).

 

Ireland Assistant manager Liam Brady expressed confidence that the Aston Villa centre-back will take part in training ahead of the weekend.

 

Dunne sustained the knock on Monday night while playing for Villa agianst his former club Manchester City, a match in which he scored his first goal for the Birmingham side.

 

Brady said: "Richard has got a bruised ankle and that's why he hasn't trained this morning, but we fully expect him to be fit for the weekend. He will possibly join in tomorrow or the day after."

 

Also absent for a part of the workout this morning was Dunne's central-defensive partner for the past two qualifiers, Sean St Ledger.

 

The defender, currently on loan to Middlesbrough from Preston North End, sat out the final segment of training due to a sore thigh but is expected to resume training in ample time for Saturday's crunch tie.