No Italian job for crocked Irish trio

06 October 2009 06:11
Injuries have accounted for the trio, with Fulham winger Duff suffering a calf problem, Manchester United midfielder Gibson sidelined by groin trouble and Blackburn star Reid forced out with an Achilles blow. Striker Caleb Folan had already been declared unavailable due to a hamstring injury. The unbeaten Republic take on Group Eight leaders Italy at Croke Park knowing a victory would move them to within one point of top spot, with one round of matches remaining. Italy will secure their place in next year's finals if they avoid defeat.

Source: Team_Talk