McShane out of ROI friendly

Keane hopeful stopper will be fit for Saturday

McShane: Stitched up

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Paul McShane has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad after suffering a head wound at Wigan at the weekend.

The Sunderland defender was forced off on the hour mark at The JJB Stadium following an aerial collision with Antoine Sibierski.

McShane required ten stitches in his forehead and has withdrawn from Steve Staunton's squad for Wednesday's friendly against Denmark.

But Black Cats manager Roy Keane is hopeful the stopper will recover in time to face Liverpool at The Stadium of Light on Saturday.

"Paul needed stitches but he will survive," Keane told the club's official website.

Sunderland were defeated in the Premier League for the first time this season on Saturday, going down 3-0 to Wigan.