Last Updated: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 07:54
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has ruled Villa defender Richard Dunne out of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Dunne has not played this season as he struggles to overcome a groin problem and Trapattoni admits he must do without him for the double-header against Sweden and Austria later this month.
The 33-year-old appeared to be on track for the Sweden game when he returned to Villa training in January, but the ex-Manchester City and Everton centre back broke down again.
Villa boss Paul Lambert recently cast doubt on whether the veteran will play again this season.
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