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Trap insists Gibson is ready to end exile

GIOVANNI Trapattoni believes that Darron Gibson is ready to end his self-imposed exile from the Ireland senior squad and should be available in February when Poland visit Dublin for a friendly.

"I spoke to him after the Faroes game and he said, 'Sorry Mister, again, a problem with the toe'," claimed Trapattoni yesterday during his squad announcement for the November 14 friendly against Greece.

"But he said also 'I have no problem when I will be ready.' But at the moment, he no play," Trap added.

Trapattoni was pressed hard on a number of issues and when asked whether he believed Gibson had put the disappointment of Euro 2012 behind him he was happy to confirm.

"Yes, yes, he said to me, 'No problem this'. He was also disappointed, we had many players disappointed."

However, it remains to be seen whether Gibson's very clear vote of no confidence in Trapattoni will be reciprocated when he does return to the fold.

Trapattoni's latest personnel problem appears to be Shane Long, the most obviously disgruntled of all during the Germany/Faroe Islands double-header.

"It would be a surprise for me if he plays Saturday but if he plays on Saturday he will be with us," said Trapattoni, departing from his normal routine of naming players in his squad regardless of their condition.

Ciaran Clark has been out of action for a month yet Trapattoni named him in the squad for Greece, adding more confusion to the picture.

But on one subject Trapattoni was definitive. Wes Hoolahan will get at least 45 minutes to prove that he is good enough for international football. "We know he is beautiful but he play in this position behind the striker. We tried this in the past with James McClean v Serbia. It was not positive. We need two strikers. I have seen Hoolahan before, I know him very well. We have to decide if it's the first half or the second half, but he will play a minimum of one half."