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Winger Aiden McGeady (left) has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland's squad to face Wales next week due to a knee injury.

The Spartak Moscow man has become the fifth player ruled out of Giovanni Trapattoni's squad for the Cardiff friendly.

An FAI statement read: "The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Aiden McGeady has withdrawn from the Ireland squad to face Wales in Cardiff on Wednesday, August 14 after sustaining a knee injury during training with Spartak Moscow."

McGeady, 27, has won 60 caps for the Republic, scoring just twice.

Fellow winger Anthony Pilkington of Norwich headed up yesterday's list of withdrawals, also due to a knee injury, while Hull's Stephen Quinn (hamstring) is also absent from Trapattoni's midfield options.

An ankle injury accounted for Nottingham Forest forward Simon Cox while Millwall goalkeeper David Forde (knee) was replaced by West Ham's Stephen Henderson.

Yeovil forward Paddy Madden was last night placed on standby, but today's statement merely revealed: "Updates will be issued in due course should a replacement be added to the squad."

Trapattoni's initial 26-man squad saw no place for experienced strikers Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle and defender Richard Dunne.

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Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash and former Clare great Jamesie O'Connor are calling on hurling fans across the country to support the first ever International Hurling Festival, hosted by Aer Lingus in partnership with Etihad Airways, in Galway this September.

Adult tickets, priced at just €5, are now on sale from tickets.ie and all proceeds will go to the Galway Hospice.

With free entry for all U18's, the event is expected to draw a massive crowd from across Ireland and beyond to Galway from September 18 to 21.

"I think this is a fantastic initiative by Aer Lingus," said Nash. "To host a festival which both celebrates the game of hurling, and also supports the development of the game in countries across the world can only be good for the sport. I would expect that hurling fans across the country will show their support by buying a ticket and coming to Galway."

Sixteen overseas teams will participate in the competition including teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

The tournament also helps to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee,

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