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‘Swift recovery’ is a Given

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has no long-term injury worries over key men Shay Given and Sean St Ledger even though the duo were in the wars over the weekend.

Given was substituted during the first half of Aston Villa's Premier League defeat by Manchester United and now

faces a month on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.

“Shay has tweaked a hamstring and we hope it's a grade one which would mean a pretty swift recovery,” said manager Alex McLeish.

That's a relief for Trapattoni as Given will be back in action long before Ireland's next international date, a friendly at home to the Czech Republic on February 29.

There was mixed news regarding defender St Ledger. He was given a chance to impress when he came on as a 30th-minute sub for Leicester in their Championship game away to Hull City, a tactical switch after Matt Mills was sent off.

But St Ledger suffered a head injury during an accidental clash of heads with Hull forward Matt Fryatt. St Ledger was in line for a run of games as a replacement for Mills, who faces a three-game suspension, but the Ireland man now has to be assessed by the club's medical staff because of fears of concussion.