Fresh from the news that Shay Given has retired from International football, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has now cast doubts on the futures of Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne.
On the eve of the clash with Serbia, a side which initially had an experimental look about it has now taken on new meaning with the Italian revealing he was not sure the duo would be prolonging their Irish careers.
“Richard sent me a message recently saying he would not be ready for the game with Kazakhstan because he needs a few weeks to recover from his injury that the game was too soon” Trapattoni said.
“I answered him and said after this friendly, after he has recovered from his injury, we would review the situation, but I’ve told him we need him, it’s true. He will let us know.
“As for Robbie, I’ve also sent him a text, but he’s not answered me. I’ve checked my mobile.
“I will speak with him before I announce my next squad (in around 10 days’ time for the Kazakhstan game).
“He needs to tell me whether he wants to come back or what he wants to do.
“We can decide after this game because it’s important for us to look at the other players. We have (Shane) Long, (Simon) Cox and (Jon) Walters.
The uncertainty comes just days after Trap revealed his confidence that his most senior players in Keane, Dunne, Given, as well as Damien Duff, would all return to the fold for the start of the World Cup qualifiers next month.
The veteran’s were left out of the squad by the 73-year-old for this week’s friendly with the Serbians in Belgrade although In Dunne’s case a recent groin operation would have ruled him out anyway.