Friday, 29th November, 2013

Aston Villa's out-of-favour goalkeeper Shay Given will be eyeing his 600th club game after penning a one-month emergency loan deal at Middlesbrough.

Given was revealed to have signed on yesterday with the Riverside club who recently appointed former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka as manager.


Boro have moved to solve their minor crisis between the sticks after regular number one Jason Steele was handed a three-match ban earlier this month.

A statement yesterday on Middlesbrough's official website read: "Boro have taken international goalkeeper Shay Given on loan for a month.


"The 37-year-old Irishman will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game against Bolton Wanderers at the Riverside."

Former Manchester City and Newcastle United man Given had been a loan target for Liverpool, in the summer transfer window, as a back-up option for Simon Mignolet but the proposal eventually fell through.

Given has been at Aston Villa since 2011, but has fallen down the pecking order with Brad Guzan the favourite for manager Paul Lambert.

The Irishman, who boasts 125 international caps, last made an appearance for Villa in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Millwall back in January.

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