QUINN AND HOLLAND BACK FOR DUTCH CLASH
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Quinn and Holland both had to pull out of last week's friendly 2-2 draw with Croatia at Lansdowne Road because of knee injuries.
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has suffered a major blow with the loss of key quartet Stephen Carr, Mark Kinsella Kenny Cunningham and Gary Breen through injury meaning he is without three of his first choice back four
Tottenham Hotspur full back Carr admitted that he was extremely disappointed at missing such a crunch game.
"Sadly, my knee injury hasn't responded as well as I hoped to the enforced rest and I will have to have another scan next week to determine if there is any further inflammation or complications," Carr told his official website.
"That means I'm definitely out for the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Holland next month.
"I phoned Mick McCarthy yesterday to tell him I'm not available for selection and he wished me all the best in my recovery.
"Needless to say I'm gutted. The Dutch game is the biggest match for the Republic for a long time and I'd desperately hoped I'd be able to play a part next month."
Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison, who marked his debut against Croatia with a goal, keeps his place in the squad as does Millwall midfielder Steven Reid, who also made his debut in that game.
McCarthy is hoping now that his squad picks up no more injuries in the build-up to the game, but he is confident that those who came in against Croatia would do a good job against the Dutch.
"With a full programme of Premiership games at the weekend, I will be keeping my fingers crossed that we don't have any further injury problems,'' said Republic boss Mick McCarthy.
"The players who came into the squad for that game against Croatia showed that they can do a job for me against the Dutch."
Shay Given (Newcastle), Dean Kiely (Charlton), Alan Kelly (Blackburn) Gary Kelly (Leeds), Steve Staunton (Aston Villa), Ian Harte (Leeds), Richard Dunne (Man City), Gary Doherty (Tottenham), Andrew O'Brien (Newcastle) Roy Keane (Man Utd), Lee Carsley (Coventry), Jason McAteer (Blackburn), Matt Holland (Ipswich), Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland), Steve Finnan (Fulham), Mark Kennedy (Wolves), Steven Reid (Millwall), Damian Duff (Blackburn) Niall Quinn (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (Leeds), David Connolly (Wimbledon), Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace).