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Rovers return for Niko

Posted on 14 December 2011  - 12:00

Niko Kranjcar is back in the squad for Thursday night's Europa League clash at Shamrock Rovers.

Niko Kranjcar is back in the squad for Thursday night's Europa League clash at Shamrock Rovers.

It's the first time the skilful midfielder has been involved since damaging a thigh on international duty with Croatia in October.

The injury has sidelined Niko for two months and forced him to miss his country's successful Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey in November.

Niko started five of our first six matches this season including our first four games in the Premier League.

"It's great to have Niko back, he's a fantastic footballer," said manager Harry Redknapp at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, earlier this evening.

"He's only had two days' training but he has put himself up to play.

"He wants to play and that's the kind of lad he is, so it's great to have him back with us."