Shay Given's Euros dream suffered a huge blow as the 40-year-old goalkeeper was forced to come off at half-time during Stoke City's 4-0 defeat to Manchester City with a groin injury.

Stoke were trailing 2-0 at the Etihad when Given had to be substituted, and he now faces a nervy wait to see the extent of the injury with the tournament in France on the horizon.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes gave Given his first Premier League start for the Potters in last Monday night's 4-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Donegal native had been hoping to boost his chances of securing a place in Martin O’Neill’s squad.

Given hasn't played for his country since being forced with a knee injury during the 1-0 defeat of world champions Germany last October and is competing with Darren Randolph and David Forde for a place in the Ireland squad, with Keiren Westwood currently out of favour with O'Neill.

Newcastle stopper Rob Elliot suffered an anterior cruciate ligament against Slovakia and is out of the finals. That blow appeared to open the door for Given, but he could now miss out after a cruel setback.