Date: 15th November 2010 at 3:57pm
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Headline courtesy of Prepared! Gerard Houllier has confirmed that the Dunneymonster is suffering from a recurring knee injury.

Following the brief comment about Dunne’s knee problems directly following the Manchester United clash, Gerard Houllier has expanded a little on it when speaking to SSN.

The Dunneymonster did play all 90 minutes at the weekend, but has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad who will face Norway on Wednesday due to swelling.

(Incidentally, Ciaran Clark has also been forced to withdraw from the same squad due to the ankle problem that kept him out of the game against United.)

‘Richard’s knee has swollen up and it is a recurring thing. That is why he missed two or three games earlier in the season.’

Dunne’s form has been a cause of concern for many fans so far this season and plenty have wondered why Cuellar hasn’t been given a run, especially after his performance in the Wolves games, so Dunne could rest but it looks like that decision may now be taken out of Houllie’s hands.

It does seem though that Houllier has liked Dunne’s leadership qualities on the pitch and that could well be the reason why he’s been regularly selected.

‘He is important to us and I like the attitude of all my older players because they are good tutors in terms of training and attitude towards the job. They encourage and sometimes they give a rollicking.’

Given the injuries we have we could well be thankful for the international break, it’ll allow some things to heal and even for the younger lads (who no doubt are excited and full of adrenaline), a little break, or a change of scenery should help them keep grounded and help them push on more.

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