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Duff returns to Republic training

WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Republic of Ireland v Montenegro
Venue: Wembley Date: Wednesday, 14 October Kick off: 1900 BST
Coverage: Score updates on BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobile phones. Live on Sky Sports 2.


Damien Duff
Damien Duff missed the dramatic 2-2 draw against Italy

Damien Duff has rejoined the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday's final World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.

The Fulham winger, sidelined by a calf injury, was at Croke Park on Saturday to see his team-mates seal a play-off spot by drawing 2-2 with holders Italy.

Duff then trained with Giovanni Trapattoni's squad on Sunday morning.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan is suspended for the Montenegro match after picking up a booking against Italy.

Trapattoni hinted he would make changes with five men - Shay Given, Aiden McGeady, Keith Andrews, Paul McShane and Leon Best - all on one yellow card.

Trapattoni regrets late lapse against Italy

Another booking would rule them out of the first leg of the play-off. Manchester City goalkeeper Given, along with Kevin Kilbane, would gain his 100th cap if selected.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on 19 October with France, Portugal, Russia and Greece likely to be the four seeded teams against which the Republic could be drawn.

The matches will be played on 14 and 18 November.



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see also
Inexperience cost us - Trapattoni
10 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Rep of Ireland 2-2 Italy
10 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Who has qualified for South Africa 2010?
19 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Jury still out on Trap
08 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Pick your Rep of Ireland XI
05 Feb 07 |  Internationals


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