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Trapattoni waits on Brady ahead of Sweden clash

Updated: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 17:30 | Comments

Robbie Brady looks set to start against Sweden
Robbie Brady looks set to start against Sweden

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni will check on the fitness of Robbie Brady before Friday's crucial World Cup 2014 qualifier with Sweden.

Brady was named in the starting eleven to take on Sweden but Trapattoni revealed that, while he's not injured, he wants to see him in training before making a final decision.

The Ireland manager said that, should Brady not be deemed ready to start, then Millwall's Andy Keogh will take his place.

Speaking about Brady, the Irish manager said: “I spoke with him. I said, ‘Are you sure, are you okay?’ “He said, ‘Yes’. I wish to push him. I liked him against Poland.

"I said he must repeat this game. He promised me after the training (he would) and I will speak again with him. It is not a big problem, only psychological. I push him."

Elsewhere the team is as expected with Paul Green perhaps the only surprise, being preferred to James McCarthy in midfield.

David Forde keeps his place in goal and he will play behind a back four of Marc Wilson, Ciaran Clark, John O'Shea and Seamus Coleman.

Glenn Whelan and Paul Green will be tasked with holding the centre of midfield with James McClean and either Brady or Keogh out on the flanks.

Up front, Shane Long gets the nod ahead of Jon Walters as Robbie Keane's striking partner.

Ireland XI to play Sweden: D Forde, M Wilson, C Clark, J O'Shea, S Coleman, P Green, G Whelan, R Brady, J McClean, R Keane, S Long

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