Keane injury adds further complications for Ireland

REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has been ruled out of tonight’s pivotal Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia at the Aviva Stadium.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side need just a point to guarantee a play-off spot, but victory coupled with Andorra securing an unlikely win over Russia would see Ireland qualify outright for their first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.

But Ireland will have to face Armenia without record goalscorer Keane, who sustained an abductor muscle injury in Friday’s 2-0 win over Andorra.

West Brom’s Simon Cox will deputise for Keane, while Richard Dunne returns from suspension.