Injury headache for Ireland
Republic of Ireland are preparing for Euro 2012 with a squad of the walking wounded but there are no major concerns.
Last Updated: 29/05/12 8:52am
Republic of Ireland are preparing for Euro 2012 with a squad of the walking wounded but there are no major concerns for this summer's finals.
Ahead of Saturday's warm-up friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has injury problems with John O'Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and Kevin Foley.
First-choice goalkeeper Shay Given is also due to see a knee specialist in London on Thursday to assess fitness, although he will stay with Ireland for Euro 2012.
Paul McShane has already been called up to provide cover for O'Shea, Dunne and St Ledger, who will not be risked against Bosnia.
But while Trapattoni's assistant manager, Marco Tardelli, has given an indication preparations have been far from ideal, he is not overly concerned ahead of the finals.
Asked for an injury update after training in Malahide on Wednesday morning, Tardelli said: "We need one year to speak, because we have a problem with John O'Shea, with Dunne, with St Ledger, Foley."
Aston Villa's Dunne reported to the team on Sunday with a lower abdominal micro-tear, while O'Shea has been nursing the ankle injury he aggravated in Sunderland's final game of the season against former club Manchester United.
St Ledger was the latest to join the casualty list with a groin problem, while Foley has been working his way back to fitness since he joined up with the squad.
Tardelli said: "St Ledger has a little soreness in the groin. I think it's possible after Saturday or Sunday that he can play, but it's better we don't take a risk and he rests.
"Richard Dunne has a little problem also in the groin, but I think after two or three days, he will be good.
"Neither John O'Shea nor Richard Dunne will play [against Bosnia] - I think. I am not very sure, but it's possible."
However, the World Cup winner is hopeful that none of injured players are genuine doubts for the finals.
He said: "No. no, I don't think so. After three or four days, they will be ready."
The Republic leave for their pre-tournament training camp in Montecatini, Italy, on Sunday, and there is a possibility McShane could be added to the travelling party for training purposes.
Tardelli said: "We can't go to the Euros with 24 players, the most is 23. We will decide for this match and maybe for Montecatini, but after we will decide.
"It's possible we could have injuries and it is possible to stay with us."