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Given gets the green light

GIOVANNI Trapattoni and the Republic of Ireland squad arrived in Tallinn with a clean bill of health after Shay Given and Richard Dunne took a full part in training.

Minor scares over Ireland’s key men were quickly forgotten during training in Malahide before the squad left for Estonia with Keith Fahey and Keith Andrews also fully involved.

“Everyone is in good shape and trained as we expected,” said Marco Tardelli. “Our preparation has been good and we are determined.

“We have one decision to make and Giovanni will decide between Simon Cox and Jonathon Walters to line up beside Robbie Keane.”

Given’s neck strain eased overnight and he expects to be fighting fit by the time the first-leg kicks off in Estonia on Friday night.

“It would take more than a stiff neck to keep me out of a game like this,” said Given reflecting the hunger and anticipation felt by players and fans alike in advance of the Euro 2012 play-off.


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