Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane is a doubt for Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Germany in Cologne.
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni hits back defiantly after the 6-1 defeat to Germany.
Germany coach Joachim Low feels Lukas Podolski has improved since joining Arsenal and considers him to be indispensable.
Stoke's Jon Walters will lead the line for the Republic of Ireland when they face Germany tonight.
Robbie Keane has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying clash with Germany on Friday night.