Allen has successful surgery
Leeds midfielder Paul Green has been preferred to Wigan’s James
McCarthy for the Republic of Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier
Green, whose presence in the side has not always attracted the
universal approval of fans and pundits, will partner Stoke’s Glenn
Whelan in the centre of the field at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s team was otherwise as hinted at in
training sessions this week, although the Italian, in naming his
line-up, admitted a doubt over Hull winger Robbie Brady.
Brady is not injured but Trapattoni wants to make sure he is
mentally ready for the Group C encounter before finalising his
side. Millwall goalkeeper David Forde will make his first
competitive start while Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark will partner
John O’Shea in central defence.
West Brom striker Shane Long was selected alongside captain and
record goalscorer Robbie Keane up front.
Trapattoni feels 29-year-old Green will offer more balance to
his side than the attack-minded McCarthy as he looks to utilise the
forward threat of players such as right-back Seamus Coleman.
Trapattoni said: “The situation is – away team, away game. I
wish Coleman to go (forward). When he goes, we need protection.
This result is very important and it is important we play our
“I saw his (Green’s) last game in England. He he played very
well. It is important we have protection in midfield. McCarthy also
played very well but I couldn’t ask him to stay in this
Trapattoni also challenged Brady, 21, to prove he is fired up
for the contest.
He said: “I spoke with him. I said, ‘Are you sure, are you
okay?’ He said, ‘Yes’. I wish to push him. I liked him against
“I said he must repeat this game. He promised me after the
training (he would) and I will speak again with him. It is not a
big problem, only psychological. I push him.”
Ireland are third in Group C a point behind Sweden, who in turn
trail leaders Germany by three points.
Republic of Ireland team to face Sweden in World Cup Group C
qualifier at Friends Arena, Stockholm: Forde, Coleman, O’Shea,
Clark, Wilson, Brady, Green, Whelan, McClean, Keane, Long.
The 23-year-old Welshman has already been ruled out for the
remainder of the current season but the operation has been declared
Glen Driscoll, Liverpool’s head of performance, told the club’s
official website on Thursday: “Joe Allen had surgery this morning,
which went very well.
“It’s going to be a relief for Joe that this has now happened
for him. It has been quite a long-standing issue. He was
repetitively subluxing, so his shoulder was coming out very easily
and very often.
“It was a procedure that was very important. He should be
fighting fit for the start of pre-season.”
Allen has been troubled by the injury to his left shoulder since
November last year, and he aggravated the problem in Saturday’s 3-1
defeat at Southampton.