Trap admits Given concern
Giovanni Trapattoni has concerns over Shay Given but remains confident on the fitness of striker Robbie Keane and defender John O'Shea.
Last Updated: 23/05/12 8:12am
Giovanni Trapattoni has concerns over Shay Given but remains confident on the fitness of striker Robbie Keane and defender John O'Shea with Euro 2012 looming ever closer.
The Republic of Ireland's preparations for the summer tournament are being hampered by injury with goalkeeper Given, O'Shea, Kevin Foley and Keith Fahey on the sidelines.
Keith Andrews, Shane Long, and Jon Walters all sat out parts of Tuesday's training session, while Keane, who is recovering from a minor hamstring strain, left early after only flying in from Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.
However, Trapattoni was in relaxed mood as he ran through the catalogue of fitness concerns ahead of Saturday's friendly against Bosnia, which O'Shea will sit out.
He said: "Robbie will [be okay], but he has flown for too long and it was better he rested.
"O'Shea has assured me for the next game, he will be ready. He needs only a little bit.
"He has an ankle - not an injury, a knock - but he said, 'I will be ready for the game'."
Trapattoni suggested 36-year-old Aston Villa keeper Given is his biggest concern ahead of Euro 2012 - which for the Republic kicks off against Croatia on June 10 - and hinted that either Sunderland's Keiren Westwood or David Forde of Millwall could deputise this weekend.
He said: "There is only Shay Given, who has a little bit of a problem. We have to decide run the risk or stay. We have another two [keepers].
"For this game, we will decide with the doctor because at this moment, we don't need to run the risk."
On West Brom midfielder Andrews, the Italian added: "He is the same. He has a little bit of an injury. He worked in the gym, but it is just a bit of tiredness in the muscles."
Trapattoni has taken issue in the past with players who have not reported for international duty because of injury, a situation he insists would never have happened during his time as Italy manager, and he is delighted the message appears to have got through.
He said: "It's important they are here and not at home with their physios. They are here, they show us their willingness to be here, and that's important.
"It's the same with Robbie. It is important also to watch what you do. They worked in the gym this morning and this afternoon, there is the possibility of a little bit of tactical and technical work.
"That will depend on the doctor at this moment, but it is important they are here with us."