Trapattoni set to stay in hospital until next week after operation
IRELAND manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who has been struck down by illness, may be in hospital until next week after going under the knife at a Dublin hospital.
The workaholic Ireland coach (71) missed the Irish team's first international at the Aviva Stadium after undergoing abdominal surgery at the Mater Hospital yesterday.
Doctors decided to operate after he had been rushed to the hospital suffering from stomach pain in the early hours of Tuesday.
His condition appeared more serious yesterday than the initial diagnosis of food poisoning had suggested. It is believed that scar tissue from previous surgery may have made the pain worse.
He suffered from nausea and vomiting after returning from Italy last weekend and suspected it was due to seafood he had eaten.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said medics had recommended that he recover over the weekend.
"Giovanni Trapattoni has had a successful and straightforward minor surgical procedure performed earlier this afternoon in the Mater Hospital," said a spokesperson yesterday.
"He is now in recovery and will be returned to the ward in the next few hours. It is anticipated that he will remain in hospital to recover over the weekend."
Earlier, the FAI said the manager's progress on Tuesday night had been "slightly behind expectations". After being seen by his consultant, he had further tests yesterday, including X-rays.
Assistant manager Marco Tardelli took charge of the squad for last night's match against Argentina.