Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has revealed he hopes Joe Hart’s injury keeps him out of action for a couple of weeks so he can stake his claim to be Roberto Mancini’s first-choice.
Speaking after playing in the Republic of Ireland’s defeat to Norway, Given joked that he might benefit from Hart’s misfortune.
He said: “I don’t know how bad Joe’s injury is. You don’t wish anything bad on someone. But hopefully he’s out for a couple of weeks!”
Given has made six appearances for Ireland this season, but just twice for his club. That could change this weekend.