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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007, 16:29 GMT
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Wigan's Caleb Folan is sidelined for the Euro qualifiers
Group D: Rep of Ire v Wales
Date: Saturday 24 March
Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Venue: Croke Park
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, updates on the BBC Sport website, highlights on BBC 1 Wales at 2220 GMT

Wigan Athletic striker Caleb Folan has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Wales and Slovakia.

Folan, who had received his first Republic call-up, injured an ankle in Saturday's scoreless draw with Fulham.

Republic boss Steve Staunton has brought Wolves forward Andy Keogh into the squad as a replacement for Folan.

The 20-year-old was part of the Republic party for last month's qualifying win over San Marino.

Folan's withdrawal leaves Celtic defender Darren O'Dea as the only new face for the qualifiers on 24 and 28 March.

The 24-year-old Folan qualifies for the Republic through his grandparents and only got his Irish passport on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Shay Given, defender Stephen Kelly and striker Kevin Doyle return.

They missed the 2-1 victory over San Marino because of injury.

Republic of Ireland squad: Given (Newcastle United), Colgan (Barnsley), Henderson (Preston NE), McShane (West Brom), Dunne (Manchester City), Finnan (Liverpool), Harte (Levante), Kelly (Birmingham City), O'Dea (Celtic), O'Shea (Manchester United), Kilbane (Wigan Athletic), Ireland (Manchester City), Carsley (Everton), Douglas (Leeds United), McGeady (Celtic), Hunt (Reading), Quinn (Sheffield United), Duff (Newcastle United), Gibson (Royal Antwerp), Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Stokes (Sunderland), Doyle (Reading), Long (Reading), Keogh (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

SEE ALSO
FAI backs under-pressure Staunton
09 Feb 07 |  Internationals
San Marino 1-2 Rep of Ireland
07 Feb 07 |  Internationals


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