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Slovakia name squad for Irish Euro qualifier

Vladimir Weiss will be without record goalscorer Robert Vittek, who continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.

Richard Dunne and Filip Holosko during the sides' last encounter.
Richard Dunne and Filip Holosko during the sides' last encounter.
Image: KOLLER JAN/AP/Press Association Images

SLOVAKIA HAVE NAMED their squad for their upcoming Euro 2012 qualifying games against Armenia and the Republic of Ireland, with no changes as they look to preserve their 100% start to the campaign.

Coach Vladimir Weiss will not be able to call upon the services of record goalscorer  Robert Vittek, who has yet to feature in this campaign, as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.

Vittek, who’s two goals against Italy at the World Cup helped knockout the holders, sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage  whilst playing his club side Ankaragucu of Turkey and is out for another two months.

Potentially recognisable faces include former Chelsea midfielder Miroslav Stoch, who scored the winner in the Slovaks surprise win in Russia last month, and Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

Just four of the side that started against Ireland the last time the two sides met in Euro 2008 qualifying three years ago remain. Skipper Marek Hamsik, Stanislav Sestak, Marek Sapara and Filip Holosko are all still on the scene.

That’s in stark contrast to the Irish side that started the 2-2 draw in Bratislava during Steve Staunton’s ill fated stewardship, with all but Lee Carsley and Stephen Ireland still remaining in Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad.

Slovakia, who top Group B alongside Ireland with six points, face Armenia on October 9 before welcoming Ireland to Zilina four days later.

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