Shay Given will not be extending his loan at Middlesbrough until the end of the season.
The Lifford native is currently on loan at the Riverside Stadium from Aston Villa but the Premier League club refused to sanction to May extension. That’s because Given is currently on an emergency loan, which began in November and will conclude on February 28.
Emergency loans can last from a period of 28 days to 93 and Given was initially granted a one-month emergency in November as Middlesbrough’s Jason Steele was given a three-match suspension having been sent off against Leeds United. Steele has since been sidelined with an ankle injury.
Boro wanted to convert Given’s emergency loan into a half season loan in order to retain the experienced goalkeeper for the rest of the campaign but Villa will not allow him to stay all season is because such a deal would prevent them having a 24-hour recall clause.
Brad Guzan currently has Jed Steer as his deputy, but Villa would want to have Given as back up.
Given, who has kept six clean sheets in the last eight matches, returning to Birmingham is certainly a blow to Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
“His contribution is not just confined to the pitch, it’s in the changing room as well,” he said on Friday before Villa recalled Given. “He’s been helping and advising the other goalkeepers and he’s a very positive influence.”
Meanwhile, Everton manager Roberto Martinez will give Seamus Coleman another week to recover from a minor hamstring injury sustained a fortnight ago at West Bromwich Albion. The former Sligo Rovers defender, a native of Killybegs, should be in line for a return next week at Tottenham Hotspur.
“For Seamus Coleman, it’s a little bit too early for the weekend,” Martinez said ahead of Everton’s Premier League fixture against Aston Villa this afternoon.
“Sylvain Distin is in a similar position. I don’t think they’re too far away. Seamus and Gerard Deulofeu will be fully fit for the Spurs game. The Aston Villa game is still a little bit of a question mark.”