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Shay Given ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's crunch showdown with Poland

Published 09/10/2015

Shay Given suffered an injury against Germany on Thursday
Shay Given suffered an injury against Germany on Thursday

Goalkeeper Shay Given is out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Poland on Sunday night.

The 39-year-old was carried from the field on a stretcher after damaging his right knee shortly before half-time in Thursday night's 1-0 Group D victory over Germany.

He is to return to club Stoke and Newcastle's Rob Elliot has been drafted in as his replacement.

A Football Association of Ireland statement said: "Rob Elliot has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying game against Poland in Warsaw on Sunday, October 11.

"The Newcastle United goalkeeper comes in as a replacement for Shay Given, who suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 victory over Germany and will report back to his club for further assessment."

However, manager Martin O'Neill has been boosted by the return of defenders Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson from hamstring and calf problems respectively.

Victory in Warsaw would see the Republic qualify automatically for next summer's finals in France, and they are already guaranteed a play-off place at worst.

Shane Long of Republic of Ireland scores the opening goal under pressure from Jerome Boateng of Germany uring the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Shane Long of Republic of Ireland scores the opening goal under pressure from Jerome Boateng of Germany uring the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland's striker Shane Long celebrates with teammates after scoring during a UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifying football match between Germany and Ireland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin on October 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Fans soak up the pre-match atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: A Republic of Ireland fan holds up a team banner during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Republic of Ireland pose for a team photo during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: German fans during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Joachim Loew, head coach of Germany looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Head Coach Martin O'Neill of Republic of Ireland looks on during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Joachim Loew, head coach of Germany (R) looks on from the bench during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Germany pose for a team photo during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: A fan soaks up the pre-match atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Roy Keane assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland collects bibs from the players prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Germany players inspect the pitch prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Germany fans soak up the pre-match atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Republic of Ireland fans soak up the pre-match atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Germany fans soak up the pre-match atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: A man sells football scarves on the streets outside the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08: Matchday flags are seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group D match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 8, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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