Andy Reid's international career is in limbo and Stephen Ireland's much vaunted return is again on hold after both were left out of the squad to play Georgia next month. Giovanni Trapattoni announced a 25-man squad for the February 11 fixture in Dublin on Monday, but Reid, Ireland and Lee Carsley were notable absentees. Steve Finnan and Stephen Kelly are both back in the frame for the qualifier as Trap looks to apply pressure on Italy at the top of the table. But once again the debate was dominated by Reid's continued absence, and Ireland's failure to make contact with the management team to discuss his expected return. Trapattoni and his assistant Liam Brady were clearly irked as the conversation was dominated by the players absent from the squad. "Today, Andy Reid or Ireland, please, it's finished. We speak with them. To clarify, it's finished," Trapattoni told the news conference. "We are aiming to win. I hope the players will come back with the same spirit and determination like they had in November. I hope they haven't forgotten the work done until now. "This will be the first match of a very important year ahead in our challenge to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. "Georgia are strong opposition but we believe in ourselves as a team and I look forward to our fans help to give us a home advantage throughout the 90 minutes." Manchester City midfielder Ireland told Trapattoni he would make contact when he was ready to return at their meeting in Manchester last May. As yet no contact has been made, despite numerous claims by the player's family that he is ready to return. Brady, riled by the constant questions on the subject, claimed on Monday that it is up to the player to make himself available for his country again -- if he wants to. Brady said, "We went to Manchester and we agreed with Stephen Ireland that he would be able to come back if he wanted to come back." Aiden McGeady is also back on board after injury kept him out of the Poland game, while Keiren Westwood and Noel Hunt are both included. The Republic of Ireland squad is - goalkeepers: Shay Given (Newcastle United), Dean Kiely (West Bromwich Albion), Keiren Westwood (Coventry City). Defenders: Alex Bruce (Ipswich Town), Damien Delaney (QPR), John O'Shea (Manchester United), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Paul McShane (Sunderland), Richard Dunne (Manchester City), Stephen Kelly (Birmingham City), Steve Finnan (Espanyol), Kevin Kilbane (Hull City). Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Damien Duff (Newcastle United), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Keith Andrews (Blackburn Rovers), Liam Miller (QPR), Stephen Hunt (Reading), Andy Keogh (Wolves). Forwards: Robbie Keane (Liverpool), Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Noel Hunt (all Reading), Caleb Folan (Hull City).
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