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Quinn recalled for Republic’s Austrian assault

By Daniel McDonnell

Late call-up Stephen Quinn is in contention for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier in Austria but Paul Green is primed to replace the injured Glenn Whelan.

The Stoke man damaged his hamstring in Friday's loss at the hands of Sweden which means that Giovanni Trapattoni is forced into making one change, although before confirmation of the news he indicated that he might make two or three switches to his starting 11.

Green was the only recognised holding midfielder on the bench on Friday and while Marc Wilson plays that role for his club, Marco Tardelli yesterday ruled out switching the left-back into the centre of the park.

Quinn, who missed the initial cut due to injury but has recovered quicker than anticipated, was given a call on Saturday ahead of his Hull colleague David Meyler.

“He's a very quick player, a very technical player,” said Tardelli. “I think at this moment we need this player.”

The Dubliner is more at home in a three-man midfield but the Republic assistant did mention him as a potential option, along with Wes Hoolahan, to deputise for Whelan. However, barring a dramatic change of tack from the manager, Green is the natural like-for-like option.

Tardelli acknowledged that Hoolahan has the technical ability to improve the Republic's passing but stressed that he was unused on Friday because they feared the Swedes would be too physical for him.

“There is also the match where it is important to be strong physically,” he said.

“We knew the Swedish players were very strong and we needed players for corners and free-kicks. After the match it's possible to say everything.

“Austrian players are physically strong but they are also a different team. Maybe it's possible to put him in the second half, but the first half we decide tomorrow.”

Richard Dunne and Jon Walters sat out training but are both expected to be fit, with the latter undergoing a scan on an ankle which revealed no worries with regard to Vienna. He could be vulnerable if Trapattoni decides to take a chance on Robbie Brady.

Meanwhile, Marc Wilson has urged the Republic to abandon the long-ball approach in a desperate bid to revive their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Wilson said: “I think we need to play through the middle a bit more and pass the ball to create chances for us to go forward more.”

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