The Given dilemma: who said what and when
May 20, Dublin
Reports for Ireland duty and undergoes opening training session of Euro 2012 build-up.
May 21, Dublin
Fails to complete session after picking up knee injury. FAI play down fears about Given's injury, stating that he's not at risk of missing Euro 2012.
May 22, Dublin
Giovanni Trapattoni is riled by suggestions that Given may seek to play in the Lansdowne Road send-off against Bosnia.
"I am idiot. He is idiot and I am idiot also (if he plays and gets injured). Why run this risk? It's serious" -- Giovanni Trapattoni
May 25, London
Visits renowned knee specialist Dr Andy Williams and tweets his satisfaction afterwards.
"All good news ref my knee. Just gotta rest for a few days and then back training next week. Thanks for all the kind messages" -- Shay Given
May 26, Dublin
Misses the 1-0 Lansdowne Road send-off against Bosnia as Keiren Westwood and David Forde deputise. Before the squad depart for their Italian training camp, he appears upbeat as he details his visit to an English knee specialist.
"There is no major problem with the ligaments or anything. If the Euros had started today, I would have played" -- Given
May 28, Montecatini
After missing two days of training, returns ahead of schedule and speeds up recovery with some kicking, although his knee requires ice afterwards.
May 29, Montecatini
Despite not playing in a friendly game against a local Tuscan outfit, is included on official 23-man squad list delivered to UEFA by the FAI for Euro 2012.
May 31, Montecatini
Undergoes medical assessment before completing energetic training session and later is in good spirits talking to the media. Trapattoni confirms he wants him to prove his well-being against Hungary.
"The proof is in the pudding when you can train like that and dive around with no problems" -- Given
June 1, Montecatini
Takes part in full training session.
June 2, Budapest
Sits out training because he has blisters on his big toes.
"I just felt it was better to leave it" -- Given
"One day without training is not a problem. Shay will play on Monday, sure" -- Trapattoni
June 3, Budapest
Trains on the eve of friendly against Hungary and is in fairly buoyant form.
"The knee's totally fine now, there's no fluid and it's totally back to normal and that's a big relief. Of course there are doubts if it's hurting or if there's swelling, that's just normal" -- Given
June 4, Budapest
Given plays for the first 45 minutes of the 0-0 draw against Hungary -- his first appearance since the end of the Premier League season 22 days earlier. He makes a hat-trick of fine saves, but it is unclear whether his replacement at half-time was scheduled and he is clearly unhappy afterwards.
June 5, Gdynia
Ireland hold an open training session, but Given barely contributes and doesn't even undertake the gentle lap of honour to thank the 12,000 local football supporters. The manager confirms it had always been the plan to restrict Given to 45 minutes against Hungary.
"Thank God, it is only a rest" -- Trapattoni
June 6, Gdynia
Ireland's players have a rest day and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly confirms that Given will be fit to face Croatia, despite fears of of a fresh calf injury. "He could play tonight," says Kelly, who confusingly adds that he will wait until the following morning before deciding if Given can train.
"Wild horses wouldn't stop him playing against Croatia" -- Alan Kelly
Given appears for training wearing runners, but the majority of his 90-minute session, alone with Kelly, is withheld from public view. Later switches to boots for energetic 15-minute stint at the end. Leaves without offering comment.
"Today Shay rests because he knows his body. I think he is ready to play. Everything is good. He decide to walk sometime yes and sometime no because he knows" -- Marco Tardelli