Trapattoni confident of Given’s fitness

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is confident that goalkeeper Shay Given will be fit for Euro 2012.

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is confident that goalkeeper Shay Given will be fit for Euro 2012.

The 36-year-old returned to team training at Trapattoni’s preparation camp in Italy on Thursday following a knee injury, and was again reduced to the sidelines yesterday due to blisters.

The Aston Villa keeper had gone to London to see a specialist about the knee problem earlier in the week, before admitting he had doubts about making the tournament.

Ireland face a trip to Hungary tomorrow in their last warm-up game before travelling to the Euros. Given is now a doubt for the fixture despite his manager indicating that the keeper would play to prove his fitness.

Trapattoni will be hoping that his number one recovers in time for the competition, with Ireland already facing a tough task in Group C where they will face Italy, Spain and Croatia.

Trapattoni has, however, insisted his absence was due to blisters rather than a recurrence of his knee injury. The Italian said: “It was better to let him have a rest because he has worked too much, and it is better that he is fresh, and also mentally fresh.”

The rules would allow Trapattoni to draft in another player if an injury was confirmed by Uefa medics right up until the day of the Croatia game on June 10. However, he is hopeful that will not be necessary with the soreness no longer an issue.

“Not now, no, and I hope not during the game,” Trapattoni added. “It is true that we have a possibility to call another, but it would be better if we finished this friendly game without a problem.”