Saturday 21 October 2017

Shay Given will be grand for Croatia opener – Tardelli

Shay Given during a training session at Municipal Stadium, Gdynia, Poland. Photo: PA
Shay Given during a training session at Municipal Stadium, Gdynia, Poland. Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MARCO TARDELLI has insisted that Shay Given will be fine for Sunday's Euro 2012 opener with Croatia despite the fact that the Donegal man again sat out training today in Poland.

Given has been nursing a knee injury through Ireland's preparations for the big kickoff, and he was withdrawn at half time in Monday's scoreless draw with Hungary in Budapest.



Although he performed well in that game, the 36-year-old hasn't trained subsequently, but the Ireland assistant boss, Tardelli, claims there is no problem.



“Today, Shay rested because he knows his body,” said Tardelli. “I think he is ready to play.”



“Everything is good.”



After being given a day off yesterday, the rest of the squad returned to full action at their training base in Gdynia.



The players had requested the free day following a hectic schedule, and Tardelli says it will be business as usual between now and the crunch encounter in Poznan.



“The players needed to recover, but now everyday we will have the training in the morning until the match,” he said.



“We decide whether to do training or not, and we had a feeling that it was better to stay off. All the decisions depend on the boss.”



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