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Robbie Keane out of Ireland's friendly against Brazil

Robbie Keane
Keane lined out in Celtic's Old Firm defeat by Rangers on Sunday

Robbie Keane has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Brazil on Tuesday at the Emirates Stadium because of a knee injury.

Keane played in Celtic's defeat by Rangers on Sunday but he had been a fitness doubt for the Old Firm clash because of the injury.

Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes has been drafted into the Republic squad.

Wigan's James McCarthy did not train on Sunday because of an ankle injury but he remains in line to win a first cap.

Portsmouth's Marc Wilson and Manchester City's Greg Cunningham could also be given debuts by Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni after their first call-ups to the senior squad.

Trapattoni will also be hoping that Richard Dunne emerged unscathed from Aston Villa's Carling Cup final defeat by Manchester United while Damien Duff was in action for Fulham against Sunderland on Sunday.


McCarthy has rebuffed attempts in recent weeks to convince him to switch his allegiance to his native Scotland.

Ireland youth manager Sean McCaffrey spotted McCarthy's talents as a youngster and the Wigan player is remaining loyal to the Irish.

"Scotland never chose me. I wasn't good enough," said McCarthy on Sunday.

"Ireland picked me in their (youth) squads. Sean McCaffrey picked me in those squads and I was delighted and all my family are happy with it."

Wolsburg striker Grafite and Hoffenheim midfielder Carlos Eduardo have been drafted into the Brazil squad.

The players have been selected by coach Dunga after Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano pulled out because of a muscle injury.

The match against the Republic is Brazil's last scheduled friendly before the World Cup in South Africa.

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see also
Wilson adamant on Ireland choice
28 Feb 10 |  Football
Wilson receives Republic call-up
22 Feb 10 |  Football
Republic to face Brazil in March
21 Dec 09 |  Irish
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