Wednesday 29 January 2020

Trap weighs up Albania clash

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Ireland may play a third official friendly before Euro 2012 after it emerged that Albania are available for a game during the planned pre- tournament training camp in Italy.

FAI CEO John Delaney revealed yesterday that the offer was on the table, but said the final call would be made by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Delaney added that the game would offer no financial incentive -- the alternative is a clash with a local Serie C side. Bologna is a possible destination for a May 30 encounter.

Trapattoni wants a game for those players who aren't involved in the Dublin send-off against Bosnia on May 26. Ireland's final warm-up is a friendly with Hungary in Budapest on June 4.

Delaney added that Trapattoni is set to stick with plans to name his final squad on Monday, May 7. He will reveal his 23 men that day and put a couple of others on standby.

Meanwhile, Stephen Kelly is willing to play with a broken wrist in order to keep his Euro dream alive. He expects to return to training for Fulham this week and will play with a cast on the injury.

The Dubliner wants to be available for Saturday's clash with Everton as he looks to keep his fine form going ahead of the summer.

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