FAI 'very surprised' by Aston Villa suggestions of negligence over Richard Dunne injury

More concern for Giovanni Trapattoni as defensive stalwart appears to be out of opening World Cup qualifier for the Boys in Green
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have issued a statement in response to an allegation by Aston Villa that the association's medical staff were negligent in treating an injury sustained by Richard Dunne.

The statement on the Villa website revealed that the 32-year-old would be out of action for six to eight weeks with a groin complaint.

It reads: “Richard Dunne will also be out of action for six-eight weeks, having undergone a procedure on a groin injury which he sustained and was not dealt with during the European Championship.”

However, the FAI immediately issued a response after consulting with Dr Alan Byrne, the team doctor.

“Richard Dunne received the highest level of medical care during his time with the Republic of Ireland team,” it said.

“All of the medical treatment he received was carried out in full and regular contact with, and with the full consent and agreement of, the Aston Villa medical team and so we are very surprised by these suggestions.”

Meanwhile, Dunne's injury could mean that the centre back will miss Ireland's opening World Cup Qualifying game against Kazakhstan on September 7.