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Leeds United midfielder Paul Green has been called into the Ireland squad for Poland clash due to David Meyler injury

Updated: Monday, 04 Feb 2013 18:59 | Comments

Paul Green has been called in to the Ireland squad as midfield cover following David Meyler's withdrawal
Paul Green has been called in to the Ireland squad as midfield cover following David Meyler's withdrawal

By Ed Leahy

Giovanni Trapattoni has called up Paul Green for Wednesday's friendly fixture with Poland due to the withdrawal of David Meyler.

Hull City midfielder Meyler pulled out of the Ireland squad after picking up an injury on Saturday in The Tigers' clash with Millwall.

Former Sunderland man Meyler scored the only goal of the game as he slotted the ball past international team-mate David Forde in the Millwall net.

Meyler took a blow to the knee and was required to get stitches on the wound after the game and will not be fit to play on Wednesday, although he is likely to be fit for Hull's next league match against Brighton on Saturday.

Speaking about Meyler's injury, City boss Steve Bruce told Hull City's website: “David got a horrible knock on his knee, although thankfully it looks to be okay.

“When he went down holding his right knee, I feared the worst. He’s got stitches, but he looks as though he’s going to be okay.”

Green was an unused sub for Leeds at the weekend against league leaders Cardiff as Neil Warnock's side were beaten 1-0 at Elland Road.

The central midfielder was part of Ireland's Euro 2012 squad and came off the bench in the second half of the defeat to Spain, replacing Glenn Whelan.

An FAI Statement read: "The Football Association of Ireland today (Monday) confirmed that Leeds Utd midfielder Paul Green has been called up to Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad to face Poland on Wednesday in Aviva Stadium in place of David Meyler.

"Meyler picked up a knee injury during Hull’s clash against Millwall on Saturday, and will return to his club for treatment.

"Paul will link up with the squad in time for training in Malahide tomorrow morning."

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