Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given will miss his country's crunch European Championship qualifying game against Poland on Sunday with a knee injury.
Given, 39, was carried from the field on a stretcher after damaging his right knee shortly before half-time in Thursday's 1-0 Group D victory over Germany in Dublin.
He will return to his club, Stoke, and Newcastle's Rob Elliot has been drafted in as his replacement.
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A Football Association of Ireland statement read: "Rob Elliot has...
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross hopes to continue building steadily towards a first-team return after stepping up his rehabilitation from back surgery by coming through 45 minutes of under-21s football on Wednesday.
Shawcross made his first appearance since the summer operation -- which he underwent in a bid to clear up a long-standing problem -- when he played the first half of the development team's 1-1 draw at Port Vale.
And the centre-back told The Sentinel: "It was always planned to play 45 minutes....
Stoke's 1-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday ensured back-to-back wins for Mark Hughes and his men for the first time this campaign as they continued their pull away from the lower reaches of the Premier League table.
It was an assured performance from the Potters, who went about their business with a verve and swagger befitting a side at the height of their confidence. It was a showing worlds away from their second half performance in the 2-1 home win over Bournemouth last weekend, where mental...