Euro 2012: Kevin Foley loses spot in Republic of Ireland squad
Kevin Foley left out of the Republic of Ireland's final 23-man squad for Euro 2012 after failing to recover from hamstring injury
Kevin Foley has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012 after failing to shake off a hamstring injury.
The Wolves defender had looked to be showing progress in his recovery from the problem but manager Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed he did not make his 23-man list for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine on Tuesday.
Hull City defender Paul McShane has been confirmed as Foley’s replacement, just days after Keith Fahey was forced to withdraw from the squad with a groin injury and Paul Green called up.
“With the injuries that we experienced in the squad over the past week, I have had to make a tough decision when it comes to naming the 23 players that must be submitted to Uefa for the championship,” said Trapattoni.
“Kevin Foley, John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Darren O’Dea, Shay Given had all been carrying knocks and we have been monitoring them closely in their recovery.
“Although Kevin has been recovering well, I have made the difficult decision to leave him out of the 23-player list after completing fitness tests on John O’Shea and Paul Mc Shane this morning.
“I have spoken to him and understand how difficult it is, saying that he can remain with the squad if he wishes.”
The Republic of Ireland get their Euro 2012 campaign under way against Croatia on 10 June.
Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad in full
Shay Given (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Stephen Ward (Wolves), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Aiden McGeady (Spartal Moscow), Keith Andrews (West Brom), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Damien Duff (Fulham), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Paul McShane (Hull), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), Darren O’Dea (Celtic), Shane Long (West Brom), Simon Cox (West Brom), Paul Green (Derby), James McClean (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall).