Euro 2012 - Best to miss Ireland game, Given sits out training

Tue, 08 Nov 13:16:00 2011

Newcastle striker Leon Best will miss the first leg of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier against Estonia as he awaits the birth of his first child.

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The 25-year-old was a major doubt for Friday's game anyway after suffering groin and toe injuries during Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win over Everton.

However, manager Alan Pardew also revealed after the game that his wife was due to give birth imminently, and it is understood he will remain on Tyneside before joining up with the rest of the squad on Saturday.

International boss Giovanni Trapattoni had earlier revealed his medical team were awaiting news of scans on the player's groin problem before making a decision on him.

Best's absence, coupled with those of the suspended Kevin Doyle and the injured Shane Long, has left Jonathan Walters and Simon Cox to battle it out for the task of partnering skipper Robbie Keane in Tallinn with Trapattoni hinting that the Stoke man could get the nod.

Goalkeeper Shay Given missed training on Tuesday morning as he underwent treatment for a stiff neck.

However, the Aston Villa stopper is not considered a doubt but David Forde has returned to Millwall for treatment on a thigh injury, and Motherwell's Darren Randolph has been added to the squad.

Trapattoni was taking no chances with a further three men - Richard Dunne, Keith Andrews and Keith Fahey - also sitting out the session at Malahide.

Dunne and Fahey were both having treatment for minor injuries, while Andrews was simply rested.

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