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FOOTBALL

The Juventus and Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids, who suffers from glaucoma, will undergo an operation on his eye when permission from the International Olympic Comittee to use his Diamox eyedrops expires next weekend.

Roy Keane and Denis Irwin return to the Republic of Ireland's squad for their make-or-break European Championship qualifying tie against Macedonia in Skopje on 9 October. The Manchester United pair were both injured in last month's 2-1 victory over Yugoslavia in Dublin and then missed the 1-0 defeat by Croatia in Zagreb and the 3-2 victory over Malta. But the Republic's manager, Mick McCarthy, will have to do without the services of the Leeds United left back, Ian Harte, who goes into hospital for a knee operation during the next week.

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