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Ireland: Kevin Kilbane Ready To Make Way for Ciaran Clarke at Left Back

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 08:  Kevin Kilbane of the Republic of Ireland in action during the EURO 2012 Qualifier Group B match between the Republic of Ireland and Russia at Lansdowne Road on October 8, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Peter CarrollContributor IIIMarch 23, 2011

Kevin Kilbane believes that Ciaran Clark is a “strong candidate” to take his usual left-back role in Ireland’s European qualifier against Macedonia this Saturday.

When asked if his position had been confirmed for the pivotal game, Kilbane said: “Nothing has been discussed. It will probably be Friday before we know, so we’ll wait and see."

“Hopefully, I’ll be in the team; if I’m not, I’ll just be supportive of the player that’s playing in my position.”

In the press conference earlier in the day, Giovanni Trapattoni admitted he is facing a difficult task in choosing between the experience of Kilbane and the pace of Clark.

“Of course, it’s a difficult decision, but that’s why he’s the manager, he has to make difficult decisions,” said the Huddersfield player.

When asked what his selection would be in the situation, Kilbane joked, “I’d go with myself all day—I’d be captain and all!”

On a more serious note, Kilbane took time to praise his teammate who is vying for the left-back spot.

“Ciaran Clark has been outstanding for Aston Villa, he’s playing in the top flight, so of course he’s going to be considered, and he’s a strong candidate definitely.”

Despite currently playing in Huddersfield’s midfield, Kilbane insists there will be no cobwebs if he’s pushed back into his usual fullback position.

“I’ve played a few times even at Huddersfield at left back; I’ve been used in a few different positions. I would hope that I could fit in wherever needs be.”

Originally written for The Evening Herald

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