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Injury update: Westwood out, Forde in

The first choice goalkeeper misses out with a groin injury and has been replaced by his No.2 for tonight’s match with Greece.

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GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI HAS been forced to make a change to his starting line-up for tonight’s international friendly with news that goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been ruled out.

The Sunderland goalkeeper, who has replaced the retired Shay Given as Ireland’s number one, suffered a groin injury and will return to his club this evening for treatment.

As expected, 32-year-old David Forde of Millwall will deputise between the sticks – winning what will be just his fourth senior cap.

The Galway native’s addition brings the number of former League of Ireland players in the first XI up to five.

An FAI statement reads: “The Football Association of Ireland today (Wednesday, November 14) confirmed that Keiren Westwood has been ruled out of tonight’s game against Greece in Aviva Stadium with a groin injury.

“Keiren underwent a scan this morning, and will return to his club later this evening for treatment. David Forde will replace him for tonight’s game.”

Ireland kick off against Greece at 7.45pm this evening.

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