Given, Duff And Finnan In Ireland Squad

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jan 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Should have got Finnan on the cheap!

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 19, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    oh great international games = more injuries

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear has accused Manchester City of “taking the p***” over their bid for Shay Given.

    He said: “We got offered £3m for Shay Given so I went back to Manchester City and said I’ll have Stephen Ireland and Michael Johnson for £1m. If they’re taking the p*** then I might as well.”


  • Kash

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    I really hope JK said that, thats amazing!

  • Kash

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    He should have asked for Robinho in a straight swap deal!

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Looking forward to see the news when we actually buy a player or loan some players…….
    We are so slow in the Market that others get a sniff of who we are after n get them before us.

    Gotta get this TOON in order

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Fed up with the way JK conducts himself..reminds me of an old greasy drunk (A.O’s Dad).

    Why is he discussing this sort of thing in the media..we are the laughing stock of the premiership and those comments just reinforce that fact.

    Do us all a favour Joe and Get Fkt!

    No doubt he was still sozzled after all the french wine he sampled after last nights match.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    ED – The Northern Ireland Squad

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9


    dw ur right my bad

  • David Craig

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Will be interesting now that Man City have made an offer which I can’t see the club turning down.

    Re Finnan he won’t be joining, the was in Newcastle last Thursday agreed terms but failed his medical. The club then withdrew their offer.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    If they’re taking the p*** then I might as well.”

    And then JFK bids 5 mil for Mbia whos rated at 10 mil… whos taking the p*** this time??

  • andyglostoon

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    DavidCraig what are you doing back all your comments so farhave been bull****!YOU ARE MAKING YOURSELF LOOK A FOOL

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    David Craig…do yourself a favour and stop wasting our time with silly speculation.

    You have no more idea than any of the rest of us regarding goings on at NUFC,so do us a favour and save your breath as you are already looking dumb.


  • TokyoPoliceDanny

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    A bit off subject but reckons that Wise and Vetere were on a flight to Sao Paulo.

    I know we already have Caio Fereira but I don’t think this is why they have gone, Especially when it is only paperwork we need for Caio.

    I looked it up and the 3 big teams in Sao Paulo are Corinthians, Palmerias and Sao Paulo.

    Theres hopefully some good players they could be going for…I know we dont have any money but they wouldnt be flying all the way to Brazil for nothing…

    Theres a few good ones like….

    Corinthians – Lulinha

    Palmeiras – Marquinhos, Keirrison

    Sao Paulo – Arouca (Probably not), Hernanes

    Maybe….Maybe not….But I am soo bored today!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Maybe they are getting PELE out of retirement??

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Hernanes at Sao Paolo is suposed to a great prospect. But no money no players..

    Or as for Mike Ashley: No brain no pain..

  • reillers

    Jan 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Finnan back is good but if he’s injured.
    No Ireland despite saying he’d come back.
    Not a bad team though.


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