Not too surprising news today that Shay Given and Damien Duff have both been named in the Ireland squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier with Georgia.
Steve Finnan – also included in Ireland squad
Giovanni Trapattoni has selected the Newcastle pair for the Croke Park clash on Wednesday, February 11th, and the two Newcastle players tend to be starters under the Italian manager, who has regularly called Shay Given world-class.
Sunderland defender Paul McShane has also been included in the squad, along with former Sunderland midfielder Liam Miller.
But the interesting selection for us is that of full-back Steve Finnan, who is also included in the squad, even though a long-standing thigh problem has kept him out of the Espanyol side for the majority of the season, and he’s only managed 4 appearances for the Spanish club all season. Steve wasn’t in the squad yesterday that lost at Malaga 4-0 in the Spanish League.
We’re not too sure what the situation is with Finnan, since the news is that Newcastle’s first bid of 1.8M for the former Liverpool player, which was accepted, was then withdrew when Newcastle realized Steve had the long term thigh injury.
The last thing we want is another player who will fill up the injury room on Tyneside, since we’ve still got too many of them at the club, but Finnan is more than a decent player when fit, and built up so much experience while he was at Liverpool.
Ireland squad: Shay Given (Newcastle), Dean Kiely (West Brom), Keiren Westwood (Coventry), Alex Bruce (Ipswich), Damien Delaney (QPR), John OShea (Manchester United), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Paul McShane (Sunderland), Richard Dunne (Manchester City), Stephen Kelly (Birmingham), Steve Finnan (Espanyol), Kevin Kilbane (Hull), Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Damien Duff (Newcastle), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Keith Andrews (Blackburn), Liam Miller (QPR), Stephen Hunt (Reading), Andy Keogh (Wolves), Caleb Folan (Hull), Kevin Doyle (Reading), Robbie Keane (Liverpool), Shane Long (Reading), Noel Hunt (Reading).
Also we realized last night that Oba Martins injury is what is called Gilmore’s Groin, which is an injury athletes tend to get.
For athletes who do not respond to rehabilitation, which Oba’s didn’t, then surgery is necessary, which is usually successful, and following surgery a 4 to 6 week rehabilitation period is required before returning to play.
Of course that rehabilitation time should be shortened dramatically by Dr Ulrike Muschaweck’s rapid recovery technique, whereby the patient is operated on under local anaesthetic.
Let’s hope we can get Oba back as soon as possible – we need him.