‘Euros begin in Poland, not at the Aviva or in Hungary’

Paul Hyland

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has poured a bucket of cold water over enthusiastic players desperate to play in the Aviva Euro 2012 send-off against Bosnia by saying: "Our Euros begins in Poland, not at the Aviva or in Hungary."

After a week of endless injury reports and serious concerns about Shay Given, John O’Shea, Richard Dunne and Sean |St Ledger, Trapattoni now has a clear idea of the road ahead.

Given’s trip to London confirmed what Trapattoni already thought and Ireland’s No 1 goalkeeper will take it easy until Wednesday, according to an FAI spokesperson.

“The specialist has been in contact with the Irish medical team and agrees with their diagnosis and recovery management plan.

“Shay is expected to return to full training on Wednesday.”

Trapattoni is still adamant that no player who is carrying a knock will be asked to put his summer at risk in a friendly game.

“Now we have called up Paul McShane and in this game, maybe Dunne won't play. He said to me he can be ready for Hungary,” said Trapattoni.

“The same, also St Ledger. We have Kelly, we have Paul McShane, we have O'Dea and we have also Ward. We have substitutes.”

Trap still has doubts about some of his key men and John O’Shea is another who he believes will benefit from a day off tomorrow.

“It's important in a game to be able to shoot, cross and tackle, and I think in this game, he probably won't play.”

McShane will now be with the Ireland squad for the duration of Euro 2012 whether he is called in as a permanent replacement or not.

“I asked him this and he said he wanted to come,” said Trapattoni.

“He will probably come with us because we need one more. We may take 25 to Italy, it's no problem.”

“After that, I can ask him again, but before that, we have Hungary.

“Hungary is a very difficult game and maybe we need to give the 23 before.”

Midfielder Glenn Whelan missed training yesterday because of a sore throat, one of the more acceptable excuses given the rash of minor injuries Trap has been dealing with.