Trapattoni waits on Reid
Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid is a doubt for their World Cup qualifier away to Montenegro.
Last Updated: 09/09/08 7:23pm
Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid is an injury doubt for their World Cup qualifier away to Montenegro.
The Blackburn player impressed during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Georgia but suffered a knee problem which forced him to miss training.
He was back alongside his team-mates at the Podgorica Stadium on Monday evening, but coach Giovanni Trapattoni is keeping his fingers crossed Reid will be available.
Asked if he had decided on his team yet, Trapattoni said: "No. We will see after training if Steven will be fit.
"We had two or three little injuries after the game on Saturday, but I was very happy because Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt were able to train yesterday (Monday).
"I am optimistic that Steven Reid can also play."
Trapattoni insists his side will not be playing for a point in the Montenegro heat, where the temperature could be in the 90s when the game kicks off.
He added: "To go for only one point would be a big mistake because our mentality is that if we can win, we play to win.
"The weather is the weather for us and the weather also for the opponent.
"My habit has been in the past that it is better to come at the last minute to play because the doctors say to become acclimatised, normally you need one week to 10 days.
"If you play at altitude, you need one week to 10 days to acclimatise to the temperature and to breathe.
"But for one day or two days, it is not that important."