Eriksson to assess Ireland

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Manchester City Sven-Goran Eriksson will meet troubled Stephen Ireland then decide whether the midfielder should face Aston Villa on Sunday.

Ireland was forced to issue an apology through the club after admitting lying to the Republic of Ireland about his grandmother dying so he return home to comfort his girlfriend Jessica, who had suffered a miscarriage - he left the national squad after the Euro 2008 qualifier in Slovakia at the weekend and skipped the match in the Czech Republic.

Eriksson said: "I do not know if he is in the right mood [to play] or I am in the right mood. We (the coaching staff) have been talking about this a lot. I cannot say whether he will play on Sunday until I speak to the player."

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