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Coventry keeper Kieren Westwood has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad following the withdrawal of Dean Kiely.

The 24-year-old was summoned after his veteran West Brom counterpart sprained a wrist in training, and will compete with Scunthorpe's Joe Murphy to provide the back-up for Shay Given in Wednesday night's friendly against Poland.

Westwood's arrival came as Reading striker Noel Hunt also joined the squad following the injuries which have cost manager Giovanni Trapattoni the services of skipper Robbie Keane and winger Aiden McGeady.

Hull duo Caleb Folan and Paul McShane, as well as Manchester City defender Richard Dunne and Given, trained with their team-mates at Gannon Park in Malahide on Monday morning.

Given was allowed to join up late so he could be at home for his son's birthday, while Hull and City met in the Barclays Premier League yesterday afternoon.

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