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Robbie Keane a doubt for crucial Macedonia game

West Ham striker will be sidelined for six weeks and may miss Euro 2012 qualifier.

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ROBBIE KEANE may miss Ireland’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Macedonia next month.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s skipper has been ruled out for six weeks with a torn calf muscle and is now a major doubt for the March 26 fixture.

Newly arrived from Spurs in January, Keane was taken off after 76 minutes of West Ham’s 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham City on Sunday.

Keane had made his debut for the club last week, playing 84 minutes of the 3-1 win at Blackpool, a game in which he contributed a goal.

Ireland warmed up for the vital game with Macedonia with a 3-0 win over Wales in the Carling Nations Cup opener on Tuesday.

Macedonia, were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon, meanwhile.

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