O'Dea and Kelly get Irish nod
Giovanni Trapattoni has drafted Darren O'Dea and Stephen Kelly into his Republic of Ireland side to face Russia.
Last Updated: 05/09/11 1:04pm
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has drafted Darren O'Dea and Stephen Kelly into his team for Tuesday's Euro 2012 clash with Russia.
Leeds United's on-loan centre back O'Dea replaces the suspended Sean St Ledger, while Fulham's Kelly will come in for injured Sunderland's right-back John O'Shea.
Trapattoni has otherwise kept faith with the team who fought out the 0-0 draw with Slovakia in Dublin on Friday night.
There are starts, therefore, for Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle despite concerns over their match fitness.
However, captain Robbie Keane and central defender Richard Dunne have shaken off knocks to play in a clash between the sides currently in first and second places in Group B, with the Russians enjoying a two-point advantage.
"I have played there in the last few games when either Richard or Sean have been injured and I feel I have done well," commented O'Dea.
"I am looking forward to being involved in such a massive game."