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Robbie Keane and Shane Long absent from Ireland squad to face Greece

Updated: Thursday, 01 Nov 2012 09:39 | Comments

The Ireland squad to face Greece has been named
The Ireland squad to face Greece has been named

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Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his provisional squad for the upcoming international friendly against Greece.

Robbie Keane has been left out of the squad, as has striker Shane Long, who is suffering from a hamstring strain.

Norwich striker Wes Hoolahan is included, with Trapattoni saying he will play at least one half of the tie.

The 26-man Ireland squad will be shortened to 23 before the players meet up on 11 November.

Ireland squad to play Greece on 14 November at Aviva Stadium: Keiren Westwood, David Forde, Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea, Darren O'Dea, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane, Stephen  Ward, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Damien Delaney, Keith Andrews, James McCarthy, Keith Fahey, David Meyler, Glenn Whelan, Conor Clifford, Andy Keogh, Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan, Kevin Doyle, Simon Cox, Jon Walters.

"I am using this fixture as an opportunity to try out new players" - Giovanni Trapattoni

Speaking today, Trapattoni said: "I have decided to choose a provisional 26-man squad for this game due to injury doubts over players.

"As we have a break from competitive games for a few months, I am using this fixture as an opportunity to try out new players and view their potential.

"Greece are currently tenth in FIFA’s World Rankings, and will provide a very difficult opposition for us.

"Players like [Giorgos] Samaras, [Theofanis] Gekas and [Giorgos] Karagounis are extremely talented. I am looking forward to setting our squad up for this challenge."

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