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Striker selection problem for Keane

22 Jan 2010 10:29:00

Striker selection problem for Keane

Pablo Counago came off the bench to score a 97th-minute winner against Coventry last weekend and Keane must decide whether to hand him a start in place of on-loan Crystal Palace man Stern John. John, though, headed his first goal for the club in the same game to end a 32-game wait for a goal. He is eligible to play in the competition. Keane will stick with Arran Lee-Barrett in goal after he agreed a new contract extension as Brian Murphy and Richard Wright remain sidelined. Murphy injured ankle ligaments warming up at Leicester a fortnight ago and is close to a return while former England international Wright will be out long-term with a knee injury. Winger Luciano Civelli is now not expected to make a return from his knee injury this season and striker Jon Stead sits out the final match of a four-game suspension following his Boxing Day dismissal.


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