Ireland captain Robbie Keane is out of the World Cup qualifier against Austria on Tuesday night – and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is back in favour with Giovanni Trapattoni.
The Ireland boss turned to Doyle after a calf injury forced Keane to withdraw from the squad just 48 hours after Friday night’s scoreless draw in Sweden.
Trapattoni’s shock decision to drop Doyle for the World Cup games – a decision the Wexford man learnt by text – caused outrage amongst Irish fans.
Their anger was quelled by Friday night’s industrious performance in Stockholm buy Doyle’s recall has been warmly received.
An FAI spokesman said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Robbie Keane has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Fifa World Cup qualifier against Austria in Aviva Stadium.
“A scan this morning confirmed that Robbie is suffering from calf strain after Friday’s game against Sweden. Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has been called up in place of Keane.
“The manager has spoken to Kevin, and he will link up with the squad in time for training in Malahide on Monday morning.”
Midfielder Glenn Whelan is available again after injury kept him out of the Swedish game.
Trapattoni said: “For this game, we must think about all our possibilities. It’s a game we want to win.”