Shay Given’s miserable season might get even worse as the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper may be forced to miss next month’s European Championship qualifier against Macedonia with another shoulder injury.
Given was absent from the bench for Manchester City’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Notts County on Sunday and according to manager Roberto Mancini, the outlook is not good. The 34-year-old will be assessed by a specialist tomorrow.
“He will go to the doctor in London to see if he needs surgery,” said Mancini after his side made the last eight thanks to a 5-0 win.
Given sustained the injury to his right shoulder while training in Greece last week ahead of his side’s Uefa Europa League tie against Aris Salonika. A similar problem first allowed Joe Hart to break into the Eastlands first team this season.
The former Newcastle United netminder dislocated his left shoulder against Arsenal last April and opened the door for Hart to such an extent that Given has only had four appearances for Manchester City so far this term - one in the Carling Cup and three in the Uefa Europa League.
Given’s main action this season has been for Ireland and earlier this month he earned a record 110th cap in the 3-0 win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium in the Carling Nations Cup.
Meanwhile, there was FA Cup delight for Killybegs native Seamus Coleman on Saturday when his Everton side knocked holders Chelsea out on penalties in a fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge.
Coleman played the full 120 minutes in the tie that saw Frank Lampard give the Londoners a 104th minute lead before Leighton Baines levelled with an excellent free-kick in the last minute of extra-time.
Captain Phil Neville scored the vital spot kick after Tim Howard had saved from Nicolas Anelka and Ashley Cole missed the target. Everton still have to take on Reading in the fifth round and should they dislodge the Championship outfit will then take on Manchester City in the quarter-finals.