Kiely is McCarthy's latest injury blow - January 31, 2001

Hot on the heels of Gary Kelly's hernia operation announcement, Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has been hit by an injury last night to Charlton 'keeper Dean Kiely.

Kiely failed to emerge for the second half of Charlton's Premiership victory over Derby last night and, with a warm-up against Denmark imminent and two World Cup qualifiers coming up in March, McCarthy faces an anxious wait for the prognosis on the goalkeeper.

Current first-choice Irish 'keeper Alan Kelly is out in the cold at Blackburn and Shay Given has only just forced his way back into the Newcastle team after a month on the bench - so McCarthy needs Kiely fighting fit.

The Charlton 'keeper was both villain and hero last night. He was still organising his wall when Craig Burley equalised for Derby with a 35-yard free kick ten minutes before half time.

Then he conceded a penalty five minutes later, clattering into Malcolm Christie and injuring himself in the process.

Kiely, who was lucky to get away with a yellow card, then turned hero by saving the penalty. But he was in obvious distress and was replaced at half time by Tony Caig.

Irish defender Richard Dunne is an injury worry at Manchester City but he is expected to be able to take his place in tonight's game against Liverpool.

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