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Lack of choice in attack is a major concern says Tardelli

NOT quite bare bones but Giovanni Trapatttoni will be working with much reduced resources for the visit of Argentina to the Aviva Stadium, particularly in the goal-scoring department.

With Kevin Doyle straining at the bit to play but still hampered by a dead leg, Trap could find himself without any alternatives if the Wexfordman's injury doesn't improve.

Caleb Folan, Shane Long and Leon Best have all been ruled out over the last three days, leaving Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli scratching around looking for bodies.

"We won't have many options up front, I know. We know they will be very tired but we won't be bringing in another striker. Do you know one?" asked Tardelli after training yesterday.

Both Cillian Sheridan and Anthony Stokes, who have a date with Estonia for Noel King's Under 21s tonight, have been asked to hang around for another 24 hours to add some ballast to the bench.

Both Doyle and Richard Dunne sat out another training session yesterday and while Dunne is expected to be fully fit, Doyle will be monitored closely.

"What I thought was a dead leg that I got last Tuesday hasn't really improved," said Doyle.

"I want to play, the manager Mick McCarthy wants me to play, the gaffer (Trapattoni) wants me to play.

"I need the minutes because I missed a couple of pre-season games. But if it's not right tomorrow, it won't look great.

"He wants me to play because I missed the game against Hearts and then against Leeds with a hamstring, so I need to play to get some minutes.

"We've a game on Saturday against Stoke and if I don't play here it will be difficult then."

Tardelli will be flying solo for the first time against Argentina as the Republic of Ireland's assistant boss following Liam Brady's decision to devote himself fully to the Arsenal Academy.

In fact, Brady has tipped Tardelli as a live candidate to take over from Trap should he retire any time soon.

"Giovanni told me that he will only stop working in 10 years!" he laughed.

Would he wait? "Yes."


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