Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni tonight ruled Damien Duff, Darron Gibson and Steven Reid out of his plans for Saturday's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against Italy.
Injuries have accounted for the trio, with Fulham winger Duff suffering a calf problem, Gibson sidelined by groin trouble and Reid forced out with an Achilles blow. striker Caleb Folan had already been declared unavailable due to a hamstring injury.
The unbeaten Republic take on Group Eight leaders Italy at Croke Park knowing a victory would move them to within one point of top spot, with one round of matches remaining. Italy will secure their place in next year's finals if they avoid defeat.