Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Darron Gibson is attended to by medical staff at the Aviva Stadium (© PA)
The Derry born player, who was recalled to the side after ending his international exile, was carried off the pitch on a stretcher following a 35th-minute challenge, in front of watching Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
An FAI statement issued on Twitter said: "Darron Gibson has been assessed by our team doc and will return to his club tomorrow for a scan with suspected knee ligament damage."
Ireland had to come from behind to beat Kazakhstan 3-1 at the Aviva Stadium, finishing in fourth place in Group C - 11 points behind leaders Germany.
Miroslav Beranek's men had threatened to ruin the home side's evening by taking a 13th-minute lead in spectacular style when Dmitriy Shomko lashed home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards.
But the Republic were able to rely upon returning skipper Robbie Keane to get them out of trouble.
The 33-year-old, who missed Friday night's 3-0 defeat in Germany with an ankle injury, converted a 16th-minute penalty.
John O'Shea fired the Republic ahead from point-blank range as he pounced on keeper Andrey Sidelnikov's 26th-minute error.
The 32-year-old struck for just the second time in 93 appearances for his country - his second goal in 10 years.
Ireland dominated the second half and might have increased their lead on several occasions before the unfortunate Shomko turned substitute Aiden McGeady's cross into his own goal.
It means interim boss Noel King emerged from his two-game spell in charge with the win he craved, and with the approach he took largely vindicated.
It was he who decided to call-up midfielder Andy Reid and striker Anthony Stokes, who had been discarded by Giovanni Trapattoni, to the squad with Reid in particular making the most of his first game for his country since November 2007.
Asked if he had enjoyed the experience, King admitted: "It's been tiring, it's been harrowing, it's been fantastic.
"Working with the players, who are terrific, really professional players was terrific and enjoyable and, I would imagine, educational for everybody."
The win means the side have given themselves an excellent chance of being seeded among the second group for the Euro 2016 draw.
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