Dos Santos ruled out of World Cup games

ON-LOAN Ipswich Town striker Giovani Dos Santos is out of Mexico's World Cup qualifiers with Costa Rica and Honduras due to the groin injury he sustained during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Watford.

Elvin King

ON-LOAN Ipswich Town striker Giovani Dos Santos is out of Mexico's World Cup qualifiers with Costa Rica and Honduras due to the groin injury he sustained during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Watford.

Dos Santos travelled to Mexico early this week to be assessed by the international squad's doctors, who decided that the problem will keep him out of action for 10 days.

Dos Santos is expected to be fit for Town's game at Sheffield United on April 4, along with Tommy Miller who suffered a dead leg against Watford. David Wright will miss training this week as he looks to recover from the hamstring injury.


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Six Town players will be with international squads over the next 10 days.

Skipper Gareth McAuley is with Northern Ireland for their home games against Poland on Saturday and Slovenia next Wednesday.

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Bruce's Republic of Ireland squad also play in Bari against Italy on April 1, while another out-of-favour player midfielder Veliche Shumulikoski is in the Macedonia squad for their qualifier against Holland in Amsterdam next Wednesday.

Owen Garvan is in the Irish Under-21 squad for their friendly against Spain on Friday and an Under-21 European Championship 2011 qualifier with Turkey on March 31.

Defender Chris Casement, currently on loan at Wycombe, has been named in the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad for their friendly against Ukraine at Portadown next Tuesday.

Academy striker Ronan Murray will be away with the Republic of Ireland Under-19's for the first time. Murray has previously been capped at Under-16 and Under-18 levels.

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