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Trapattoni recalls Duff for Cyprus qualifier

Damien Duff Damien Anthony Duff (born March 2, 1979 in Ballyboden, Dublin) is an Irish footballer. He currently plays as a winger for FA Premier League club Newcastle United and internationally for the Republic of Ireland.  is back in the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's World Cup qualifier against Cyprus after missing last month's games against Georgia and Montenegro.

The Newcastle midfielder has recovered from a knee injury and was named in coach Giovanni Trapattoni's 22-man squad for the tie at Croke Park Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's biggest sporting organisation.  here on October 15.

But Steve Finnan Stephen John Finnan (born 24 April, 1976 in Limerick) is an Irish football player, who currently plays for Liverpool at right back. Club career
Early career
Finnan was born in the Janesboro area of Limerick City, but moved to Chelmsford, England at a young age.
, Steven Reid Steven John Reid (born March 10, 1981 in Kingston, London, England) is an Irish football player who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers and the Republic of Ireland, primarily as a midfielder.  and Stephen Kelly Stephen Michael Kelly (born September 6, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland) is a professional footballer who plays at full back (usually right full back) for Birmingham City. He is a full international for the Republic of Ireland.  have not been selected because of fitness problems.

There is a return to the squad too for Scunthorpe keeper Joe Murphy, who will provide the back-up to Shay Given Séamus John James "Shay" Given (born 20 April, 1976 in Lifford, County Donegal) is an Irish football goalkeeper who currently plays for Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland, and is regarded as one of the finest and most reliable keepers in the English game.  and Dean Kiely Dean Lawrence Kiely (born October 10 1970 in Salford, England) is an Irish goalkeeper, currently playing for West Bromwich Albion. He won eight caps for the Republic of Ireland, but was usually on the bench as their substitute 'keeper. .

The Republic head into their third Group 8 game, at Croke Park on October 15, having beaten Georgia 2-1 in Mainz, Germany, and then returned from Montenegro with a hard-earned point after a 0-0 draw in Podgorica.

Cyprus, who face the Georgians in Tbilisi on Saturday - the Ireland game was played at a neutral venue because of the political situation in the former Soviet state - lost 2-1 at home to world champions Italy in their opening fixture last month.

They have a history with the Republic after a 5-2 victory in Nicosia in October 2006 left Steve Staunton's side facing a losing battle to qualify for Euro 2008.

The sides drew 1-1 at Croke Park in the return game a year later, when Finnan's injury-time strike secured a point, but the damage had already been done.

Republic of Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Newcastle United/ENG)), Dean Kiely (West Brom/ENG)

Defenders: Alex Bruce (Ipswich/ENG), Damien Delaney (QPR/ENG), Richard Dunne (Manchester City/ENG), Steve Finnan (Espanyol/ESP), Stephen Kelly (Birmingham City/ENG), Kevin Kilbane (Wigan/ENG), Joey O'Brien (Bolton/ENG), John O'Shea (Manchester United/ENG), Paul McShane (Sunderland/ENG)

Midfielders: Stephen Hunt (Reading/ENG), Aiden McGeady (Celtic/ENG), Liam Miller (Sunderland/ENG), Andy Reid (Sunderland/ENG), Steven Reid (Blackburn/ENG), Glenn Whelan (Stoke/ENG)

Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Reading/ENG), Robbie Keane (Liverpool/ENG), Andy Keogh (Wolves/ENG), Shane Long (Reading/ENG), Daryl Murphy (Sunderland/ENG)
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