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Best to miss second leg with Estonia

Updated: Monday, 21 Nov 2011 20:11

Leon Best - Will miss Tuesday's Euro 2012 play-off second leg with Estonia
Leon Best - Will miss Tuesday's Euro 2012 play-off second leg with Estonia

By Glenn Mason

Leon Best has been forced to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Tuesday's Euro 2012 play-off second leg with Estonia because of groin and toe injuries.

The Newcastle United striker reported for international duty in Dublin after Friday's 4-0 first leg win, but has now returned to his club for treatment following an assessment by the Irish medical staff.

The 25-year-old was unavailable for the first leg in Tallinn because his partner was giving birth to their child.

"We said thanks because we wished that he come with us," said Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

"I said to him now you are injured and I don't need you in this game. It is better you go back to your team to finish your therapy."

Trapattoni confirmed that Damien Duff is nursing sore ribs after an accidental collision with Glenn Whelan in the second half of Friday's game.

The Fulham winger had a scan on the injured area but it showed no fracture and he will be monitored over the next few days.

Kevin Doyle and John O'Shea both returned to training after missing the game through suspension and injury respectively, while Keith Andrews has recovered from a bang to the nose.