Richard Dunne scored in last month's friendly against Turkey
Manchester City defender Richard Dunne has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the vital Euro 2004 qualifier against Switzerland on 11 October.
Dunne picked up an ankle injury in Manchester City's recent Uefa Cup tie against Belgian club Lokeren.
"He's now got an injection to speed up his recovery but it rules him out of our game," said Irish boss Brian Kerr on Thursday.
Dunne's absence creates further centre-back problems for Kerr with captain Kenny Cunningham ruled out of the Swiss clash because of suspension.
On the plus side, Gary Breen has recovered from a groin injury and could be in line to captain the Irish in Switzerland.
Back in the starting line-up for the St Jakob Park Stadium clash will be Tottenham striker Robbie Keane who was ruled out by injury for the 1-1 draw with
Russia in Dublin last month.
Kerr has also recalled Cardiff City skipper Graham Kavanagh.
The Cardiff player won his first cap against the Czech Republic in
Olomouc in March 1998 but last lined out for his country in the friendly against Northern Ireland in 1999.
"Graham Kavanagh has been playing very well for Cardiff this season. He is
the central player for them in midfield and like everyone else in the squad will
be hoping to stake a claim in the starting line up," added Kerr.
"It's a game we have to win as most experts would predict that Russia will
beat Georgia in their final Group 10 qualifier on the same day as we play the
"There's a mood of confidence among the squad and we know exactly what we
have to do to either qualify for the finals automatically or get into the
November play off games".
Republic of Ireland squad: Given (Newcastle), Colgan (Stockport), Murphy (West Brom); Carr (Tottenham),
Finnan (Liverpool), Breen (Sunderland), Harte (Leeds), O'Brien (Newcastle),
O'Shea (Man Utd); Carsley (Everton), Healy (Sunderland), Holland (Charlton),
Kavanagh (Cardiff), Kinsella (Aston Villa), McPhail (Nott'm For), Reid
(Blackburn), Kilbane (Everton); Connolly (West Ham), Doherty (Tottenham), Duff
(Chelsea), Keane (Tottenham), Morrison (Birmingham).