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Richard Dunne takes part in Ireland training

Updated: Monday, 27 May 2013 14:41 | Comments

Richard Dunne missed the entire season with injury
Richard Dunne missed the entire season with injury

Richard Dunne took part in a practice match at the end of the Republic of Ireland's training session this morning.

The 33-year-old Aston Villa defender has not played a game all season because of a persistent groin injury, but met up with his national squad ahead of Wednesday night's friendly against England at Wembley.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has already indicated that he will take no part against Roy Hodgson's men, but he could be involved against Georgia on Sunday.

The Italian is yet to rule Dunne out of next Friday night's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Dublin, although he has insisted he would only be involved if he was 100 per cent fit.

Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy, who are nursing calf and hamstring problems respectively, were also able to train, but defender Marc Wilson, who also has a calf problem, worked alone with the physios at Watford's London Colney base.

Assistant manager Marco Tardelli confirmed that Dunne has an outside chance of a return to action against Georgia.

He said: "It's impossible he can play against England, but maybe he could play a few minutes in the next game, I don't know.

"Maybe, it's possible. If he is fit and he wants to play, we will be very happy, but we need to assess him in training."

Asked if Dunne would be considered for the England game if he insisted he was fit, Tardelli said: "A player who hasn't played for a year, it's impossible to play in this match.

"This is a very important match for everybody and I think it's better in another match when it might be easier."

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