O’Brien Out Of Ireland Squad

FAI_Crest Joey O’Brien has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for tomorrow’s friendly with Oman and Sunday’s European Championship qualifier with Georgia. The full back will return to his club West Ham for treatment on a knee injury. Robbie Keane has joined up with the squad following his scoring turn for L-A Galaxy at the weekend. Darron Gibson has been confirmed to start tomorrow night’s friendly with Oman at the Aviva Stadium. Martin O’Neill has confirmed that the Everton midfielder will make his first Republic of Ireland appearance since last October’s win over Kazakhstan. Gibson’s Toffees team-mate James McCarthy will be rested, while a combination of the returning Shay Given and Rob Elliott will tend to the goal. Aston Villa have completed the capture of Tom Cleverley from Manchester United. The England international’s season-long loan-move to Villa has been approved by the Premier League after the clubs filed the necessary paperwork just before last night’s 11pm transfer deadline.