No Italian job for crocked Irish trio
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.
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