Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given has undergone knee surgery in Qatar as he bids to keep alive his hope of playing in Euro 2016.
The 39-year-old has been on the sidelines after suffering the injury in the Republic of Ireland’s qualifying campaign, and has been told he needs further surgery after suffering a setback.
Given was hoping to get fit and go out on loan to get some games as Jack Butland dominates the number one jersey at the Britannia Stadium, but that now looks unlikely.
“I don’t know about (any loan move). Do you know he’s gone off for his operation? He went over to the Middle East there to be attended at and looked at,” Republic boss Martin O’Neill revealed.
“I think (goalkeeping coach) Seamus McDonagh is in close contact with him. He hasn’t played really since coming off against Germany and that’s a fairly lengthy period of time, but if he’s making good progress then we’ll see how it goes.”