Irish hit by withdrawals
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Five players including Robbie Keane and Shay Given are out of Ireland's squad.
Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Terry Dixon and Alan Lee have all withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly with Holland.
All five players are struggling with knocks and will not make the trip to Dublin.
Newcastle goalkeeper Given picked up a back injury during Newcastle's win over FK Ventspils in the Uefa Cup in midweek.
Magpies chief Glenn Roeder is hopeful Given will be fit for the Premiership opener with Wigan next week, but has been given permission from Ireland chief Steve Staunton to keep the keeper on Tyneside for treatment.
"I've spoken with Steve Staunton and he has allowed us to withdraw Shay from the Ireland squad for the game against Holland next week," Roeder told the club's official website.
"Instead Shay will remain on Tyneside and have treatment for a slight back problem.
"I was very grateful to Steve for allowing Shay to stay here and receive treatment."
Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland also looks set to miss the visit of the Dutch to Dublin.
Blackburn midfielder Jonathan Douglas and Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy have been drafted into the squad.