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Richard Dunne looks set to return to club action this weekend, while Paul Green has decided not to risk himself in case an injury rules him out of contention for the Ireland squad

ANALYSIS
By Ronan Murphy

John O'Shea returned from injury to keep a clean sheet against Aston Villa, while fellow defender Richard Dunne has his sights set on this weekend's tie with West Bromwich Albion to make his Premier League comeback.

Robbie KEANE
Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Position: Striker
 
Grabbed another assist last weekend as LA Galaxy overcame Colorado Rapids, and has been one of the Galaxy's key men over the past few weeks. His confidence should be high for Euro 2012.

Damien DUFF
Club: Fulham
Position: Winger

Was one of the main reasons Fulham dominated against Wigan last weekend, and could have even got his name on the scoresheet with a couple of chances.
3  Shay GIVEN
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Goalkeeper

Kept a clean sheet against in-form Sunderland, but Aston Villa need a decent result this weekend to keep themselves out of the relegation zone.
4  Richard DUNNE
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Defender

Could make his first-team return this weekend against West Bromwich Albion, with Villa needing him more than ever. Excellent news for Giovanni Trapattoni to have him back.

5  John O'SHEA
Club: Sunderland
Position: Defender

Easily kept out Aston Villa at the weekend, with another strong performance at centre-back. Another player full of confidence ahead of the Euros.
6  Keith ANDREWS
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Midfielder

Made another appearance from the bench for West Brom, helping them gain and hold onto a 1-0 lead against Liverpool. The Baggies are hoping to extend his contract for another year.
7 Aiden McGEADY
Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: Winger

Got another 90 minutes under his belt for Spartak, but the entire side underperformed against Anzhi Makhachkala, going down 3-0 at home. Faces CSKA in a Moscow derby this weekend.
Glenn WHELAN
Club: Stoke City
Position: Midfielder

Had a disappointing afternoon against Newcastle United, with Stoke losing 3-0, but hopefully it was a one-off for the battling midfielder.


9 Sean ST LEDGER
Club: Leicester City
Position: Defender

Came on at half-time to replace Andy King, and with King picking up a foot injury, should be in line to start Leicester's last game of the season.


10  Stephen WARD
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Wolves' 2-0 loss to Manchester City has guaranteed the Midlands side's relegation to the Championship, so Ward will probably be playing at a lower level next season. However, winning rather than losing games could well turn him into a much more assured defender.
11  Kevin DOYLE
Club: Wolves
Position: Striker

Came on for the last half hour against Manchester City, but couldn't turn the scoreline around. With Wolves relegated, the players have nothing to lose, so might play a more attacking formation in their last few games - giving Doyle a chance to impress possible suitors for next season.
12  Stephen KELLY
Club: Fulham
Position: Defender

Intends playing the last few games in a cast to help his side to a top-eight finish and to be match fit for the Euros.
13  Jon WALTERS
Club: Stoke City
Position: Striker

Another goalless afternoon for the big man, who hasn't scored in the league in 2012. Must do better if he's to earn a starting spot.

14 Shane LONG
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Played 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Liverpool, and could move nearer to a starting spot if Walters and Doyle can't find the scoresheet before the end of the season.

15 Keith FAHEY
Club: Birmingham City
Position: Midfielder

Missed Birmingham's trip to Brighton with a groin injury, but manager Chris Hughton hopes to have the midfielder back for the Blues' play-off campaign.
16 Darron GIBSON
Club: Everton
Position: Midfielder

Held his own against former club Manchester United in a thrilling 4-4 draw, and performed his defensive duties well.
17 Darren O'DEA
Club: Celtic
Position: Defender

Fortunately for O'Dea, he has few challengers for the last centre-back spot in the squad, so should be a safe bet despite being forced to return to Celtic thanks to his Leeds United red card.
18  Keiren WESTWOOD
Club: Sunderland
Position: Goalkeeper

On the bench again at the weekend, and it's unlikely that Westwood will make a first-team appearance in the last few games with Sunderland chasing seventh place.
19 David FORDE
Club: Millwall
Position: Goalkeeper

Left on the bench again for Millwall, but Maik Taylor's age means he's unlikely to be at the club next season.
20  Stephen HUNT
Club: Wolves
Position: Winger

Linked with a move back to Reading, but it's unlikely too many Premier League clubs will take a risk on Hunt given the stop-start season he's had with Wolves.

21 Simon COX
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Played the last five minutes against Liverpool, with manager Roy Hodgson admitting he'd like to keep the striker at the club next season.
22 Paul GREEN
Club: Derby County
Position: Midfielder

Turned down a new contract with Derby County, and also chose not to play in the Rams' Derbyshire Senior Cup final in case he picked up an injury ahead of Euro 2012. Unlikely to play this weekend either as the 23-man squad is his first priority now.
23 Kevin FOLEY
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Kept in the first team for Wolves' game against Man City, and made a number of good clearances.

James McCarthy - Wigan - Midfielder -
Needs a good game this weekend to help keep Wigan in the Premier League.

James McClean - Sunderland - Winger - Kept quiet for most of the Aston Villa game, but did make some strong advances down the wing.

Seamus Coleman - Everton - Winger - Dropped for the game against Manchester United, and looks unlikely to make the Euro 2012 squad.

Ciaran Clark - Aston Villa - Defender/ Midfielder - Returned to the bench for the midweek game with Bolton.

Damien Delaney - Ipswich - Defender - Had a disappointing afternoon against in-form Millwall.

Darren Randolph - Motherwell - Goalkeeper - Conceded three against Celtic, but did not play too badly otherwise.

Andy Keogh - Millwall - Winger/Striker - Two more goals for Keogh who seems to have found his role at Millwall.

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