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Quinn Called Up As McAllister Ponders Future

Emerging star Barry Quinn has been called up to Eire's squad as club captain Gary McAllister started talks over  new contract offer from the Sky Blues.

Quinn was summoned to link up with the Republic of Ireland senior squad in Dublin with his Coventry team mates Gary Breen and Robbie Keane.

He received his call up after several of the Irish players had to withdraw through injuries.

Quinn has the chance of making his senior international debut against Greece.

He is no stranger to representative matches. He skippered the Republic's youth side to the European Championship crown and has been capped several times at under-21 level.

But midfielder Paul Telfer has been forced to pull out of the Scotland squad for tonight's friendly with Holland after straining a knee at Upton Park.

Sky Blues captain Gary McAllister, the club's only ever-present player this season, had talks with chairman Bryan Richardson yesterday to extend his three-year contract which expires in the summer.

The former Scotland captain, linked with a move to Derby County said: "The club have made their first offer and I am thinking about it for a few days. We have started talks but there are no deadlines.

The 35-year-old said:

"It is very late in day and I am just disappointed that nothing has happened sooner. There are just three games left and I would have hoped to have sorted it out by now, one way or the other, so I can get on with things.

"I would have thought Coventry are still in the strongest position because I am settled here and know the club. I have been linked to a few other clubs recently and I wanted it settled as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile McAllister's Coventry team mate Colin Hendry will undergo surgery on his broken nose tomorrow.

The Scotland skipper fractured his eye socket and nose and cut his head in the 5-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.

He is out for two weeks after being concussed and his other injuries are certain to rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

Manager Gordon Strachan said:

"Colin needs the nose straightening and is also having trouble breathing and hopefully the surgery will help sort that out. I would have thought we have seen him for the last time this season."

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