Shay Given is unlikely to be risked for the Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against Bosnia at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
The 121-times capped goalkeeper was told on Monday he required three days rest a knee injury, while captain Robbie Keane is nursing a hamstring strain and Sunderland defender John O’Shea will also rest the ankle problem which forced him out of the last game of the league season against his former club Manchester United.
All three are expected to be fit for Ireland’s first game of Euro 2012 against Croatia in Poznan on June 10. With that date in mind manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes it would not be advisable to risk to the trio on Saturday. Paul McShane has been called into the squad for the Bosnia game as defensive cover.
“They want to play but it is not worth the risk,” the Italian said. “Why run the risk? I am an idiot, he is an idiot if he is injured. We will decide if it is better for them not to play because it’s too near to the finals.
“I am only worried when we have serious injuries and at the moment we only have two or three small injuries. The doctor says they can be ready in two or three days and I am not particularly worried. I am happy because these players want to play but I must pay attention because injuries and I would prefer if they didn’t play but the players are very keen to play.”