Blackburn's Reid returns for Ireland World Cup games
Injury-plagued Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Reid returned to the Ireland squad for their final two home World Cup qualifiers on Friday, after manager Giovanni Trapattoni signed a new two-year contract. Reid, absent from the squad for nearly a year with a knee injury, joins the provisional 27-man squad for the table-topping clash with Italy on October 10 and final Group Eight fixture against Montenegro four days later. However there was still no place in the extended squad for Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid while fellow midfielder Stephen Ireland of Manchester City's self-imposed exile continues. Ireland, unbeaten in their opening eight group games, trail leaders Italy by four points and hold a comfortable five-point lead over third-placed Bulgaria. Squad Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Manchester City), Keiren Westwood (Coventry City), Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe United). Defenders: John O'Shea (Manchester United), Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Kevin Kilbane (Hull City), Eddie Nolan (Preston North End), Sean St. Ledger (Middlesbrough), Paul McShane (Hull City), Darren O'Dea (Celtic). Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Damien Duff (Fulham), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Keith Andrews (Blackburn Rovers), Liam Miller (Hibernian), Stephen Hunt (Hull City), Andy Keogh (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Steven Reid (Blackburn Rovers), Liam Lawrence (Stoke City). Forwards: Caleb Folan (Middlesbrough), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Shane Long (Reading), Leon Best (Coventry City).
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