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LA Galaxy skipper Keane ruled out of Republic of Ireland clash with Austria

Robbie Keane is out of Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Austria on Tuesday because of injury.

The LA Galaxy captain sustained a calf strain during the 0-0 draw with Sweden in Stockholm on Friday and will not be available to meet Austria in Dublin with Wolves striker Kevin Doyle his replacement.

"The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) today confirmed that Robbie Keane has been ruled out of Tuesday's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Austria in Aviva Stadium," read a statement from FAI.

"A scan this morning confirmed that Robbie is suffering from calf strain after Friday's game against Sweden. Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has been called up in place of Keane.

"The manager has spoken to Kevin, and he will link up with the squad in time for training in Malahide tomorrow morning."

Ireland sits fourth on the Group C table with seven points from four final round qualifying outings, equal with third-placed Austria, and one behind second-placed Sweden with Germany five points clear on top.

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