Republic of Ireland will be looking to their captain Robbie Keane to fire them to victory in a key Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia.
The striker has had a torrid season in club football but is still the international team’s main goal hope and he will lead the side out for the 40th time on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Injury problems have caused the Republic to change their usual defence for the match, with both John O’Shea and Sean St Ledger forced out of the game, which Ireland need to win to keep pace with group leaders Russia.
Darren O’Dea will come into the line-up, with Wolves defender Kevin Foley called in to replace the Manchester United man at right-back, while Kevin Kilbane will play at left-back.
Ireland have also revealed that Kevin Doyle will be partnering Keane in a 4-4-2 formation for the match, while Damien Duff and Aiden McGeady will be charged with supplying the strikers from the flanks.
Glenn Whelan plays in the centre of midfield alongside Darron Gibson and boss Giovanni Trapattoni will be pleased Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has confirmed his fitness for the match.
Dunne had been an injury doubt and had he missed out alongside goalkeeper Shay Given, the Republic would have been lacking experience.
But the stopper is fit for the game and will partner O’Dea at the heart of the defence.
Macedonia are the underdogs for the match and Ireland will know they have to win games against the lesser lights in the group if they are to qualify for the finals, which take place in Poland and Ukraine next summer.
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