Wednesday 25 April 2018

Trap will stay in hospital for another week

Michael McHale

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is set to spend another week in hospital recuperating from stomach surgery.

The 71-year-old Italian, who was rushed to the Mater Hospital in Dublin in the early hours of Tuesday morning with stomach pain, was said to be recovering well yesterday from an abdominal operation on Wednesday.

FAI officials are hoping Trapattoni will be well enough to attend the association's AGM in Wexford the weekend after next where he is due to announce his squad for the first European Championship qualifier which is away to Armenia on September 3.

But his health woes didn't stop the manager from shouting at the television as he watched his team lose 1-0 to Argentina on Wednesday night just hours after his operation.

FAI chief executive John Delaney said yesterday: "He was still giving out about the referee. He's very much aware of the public interest in his health. But he's fine.

"He's been through minor surgery. He'll probably be out for another week, but there's no question that he wouldn't be with us for Armenia," he added.

Trapattoni's wife and son have flown over to be by his bedside, with Ireland's assistant coach Marco Tardelli taking over the team reins.

"I spoke to Giovanni one hour before the game and he was very active. Like a lion, he was very strong," Tardelli said yesterday. He added that Trap "laughs" at the media attention now as he recovers.

Irish Independent

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