Quinner to miss Denmark ... and Clonmel! - February 2, 2001

Niall Quinn is almost certain to miss the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Denmark this month, after injuring his neck in Wednesday night's Premiership game between Sunderland and Manchester United.

The Irish striker, who had already been labouring with a back injury, picked up the fresh damage in a clash with Mikael Silvestre after just 28 minutes of the game.

Quinn spent a second night in hospital last night and is not expected to be discharged until layer today. He has been told to rest the injury for two to three weeks - and that makes him a doubtful starter for the Danish game.

The injury also means that Quinn will definitely miss his visit to Clonmel this Sunday. The business syndicate of which the Irish striker is a member has bought a pub, The Local Bar, in the south Tipperary town and Quinn was due to be present at the official opening.

But, as in the case of all neck and spinal column injuries, air travel is strictly banned.

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