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Sunday 17 December 2017

Trap sidelined by one from the net

Italian mussels thought to be culprit incoach's bout of nausea and vomiting

Giovanni Trapattoni at a press conference over the weekend
Giovanni Trapattoni at a press conference over the weekend
Marco Tardelli (assistant manager), fitness coach Fausto Rossi and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly leave the Mater Hospital yesterday after visiting their boss

Anne-Marie Walsh and Colin Gleeson

He had been ill since Sunday when he arrived back in Ireland after eating shellfish in Italy

IRELAND coach Giovanni Trapattoni may not make his team's first international at the revamped Aviva Stadium after he spent last night in hospital.

'Il Trap' (71) was under doctor's orders to stay at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, due to suspected food poisoning.

He was said to be stable last night but will not be discharged unless his consultant gives the go-ahead this morning.

The coach was rushed to the northside hospital's accident and emergency department in the early hours of yesterday.

He had been feeling ill since Sunday, when he arrived back in Ireland, after eating shellfish -- believed to be a plate of mussels -- in Italy.

When his nausea and vomiting got worse, he phoned the FAI team doctor Alan Byrne at 1.45am. Byrne did not take any chances and rushed the coach to the Mater Hospital around 3am.

While Trapattoni spent the day having tests and being examined by medics, assistant manager Marco Tardelli stepped in and took charge of the squad's training session.

The coach had extensive tests, including blood and urine, scans, x-rays and an ECG.

All the results he got yesterday were normal but some of the tests results will not be known until today.

It is understood that doctors told the manager to rest up for a few days.

The FAI said he was not receiving visitors and there were no officials or players in sight during the day until official visiting hours after 6pm.

In the morning, the media gathered outside the Mater Private Hospital but it soon emerged that the famous manager was in the public hospital.

Sources said he was given a private bed in the public hospital, due to a shortage of beds in the private hospital. Visitors and patients, unaware who was in their midst, paused to ask photographers who was inside.

Tardelli and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly were the first to show up to visit the coach last night.

They were at Trapattoni's bedside not long after leaving the training pitch around 7pm.

Unfortunately, they had to leave him behind to attend the under-21 qualifier against Estonia.

At a press conference earlier yesterday, Tardelli was jokingly asked if he gave Trap the shellfish so he could get his job, but he was in no mood for humour.

"It's not the time to joke now," he said.

Tardelli said he had high hopes that the chief coach would make this evening's game.

"He is strong, so maybe tomorrow he will be in the dugout," he said.

FAI team doctor Alan Byrne said he rushed the manager to hospital after his vomiting had become more violent.

"It was clear things had changed," he said.

"I wanted more comfort in terms of where we were, so we decided to take him to the Mater, where we have launched an investigation.

"It's not a serious problem, but with shellfish-type food poisoning, it can have a greater impact, so everything is just a precaution.

"At the moment he is stable. He has spoken with his wife on a couple of occasions and we are making arrangements for her to come over if she requires."

Irish Independent

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