GIOVANNI Trapattoni has taken a swipe at Premier League bosses in the midst of a double injury blow.
Both Kevin Doyle and Seamus Coleman look set to miss the crucial ties with Slovakia and Russia after picking up pre-season knocks. The Ireland boss has demanded more time for international players to recover in the off-season.
But Stoke boss Tony Pulis has joined a growing list of Premier League managers who are unhappy with Trapattoni’s insistence that injured players had to clock in with Ireland’s medical team before being officially withdrawn from the squad for tonight’s Euro 2012 warmup against Croatia at the Aviva. “Our medical people say flying over to Ireland and back, plus staying in a hotel for the night, won’t have done them any good,” said Pulis when asked about Jon Walters and Marc Wilson.
“They are only friendly games and we are paying their wages. “To take them away from their professional clubs a week before the season starts cannot be right.” But Trap believes his players are playing too much club football and have not been allowed to recover properly from last season.
“Players are not iron men,” claimed Trap. “Teams now play many, many games in pre-season. In China, America I know the tournament is important, the money is important and the business is play, play, play. But the break is not enough.”