Shay Given unsure over Middlesbrough future

The veteran shot-stopper joined the club on an emergency month-long loan deal but admits that he is not certain about where his future lies
On-loan Middlesbrough goalkeeper Shay Given has admitted that his immediate future is "out of [his] hands."

The 37-year-old joined the Championship side on a month-long emergency loan deal from Aston Villa and, despite being happy with the temporary move, he explained that he was unsure what would happen at the end of the month.

"A lot will depend on Aston Villa and Middlesbrough as well," Given told the Northern Echo. "It's out of my hands. Nobody has said anything to me. I'm delighted to be here.

"We will see what happens at the end of the month. If they don't agree I will have to go back to Aston Villa and weigh up my options. I don't actually know."

Nevertheless, the former Republic of Ireland international said that it is "nice" to be playing regularly after falling out of favour with manager Paul Lambert at Villa Park.

"It was ten months or whatever since I played competitive football. It's nice to have the buzz of the pre-match build up, the excitement, the nerves again," he added.

"You miss the furore surrounding the games. That's what you live for as a footballer. It's great to be back involved. You miss that. You might not forget it but you do miss that match-day involvement."

Meanwhile, James McClean was left disappointed after Wigan Athletic's Championship clash against Sheffield Wednesday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

McClean notched his first goal for the Latics since joining from Sunderland in the summer before the game was abandoned with 30 minutes left to play.

The Republic of Ireland international expressed his disappointment on Twitter, questioning the decision to cancel the game after an hour of play.

Despite McClean's annoyance, Wigan boss Uwe Rosler said that the referee "did the right thing."

"I've no complaints. The referee did the right thing," he told reporters. "Safety first for the players for both teams.

"I felt that when you have so much water on the pitch that Nick Powell can't convert a one-on-one with the 'keeper because the ball's stuck in the water, I think the referee didn't have a choice but to call it off."