Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has received a series of fitness boosts ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2012 warm-up game against Bosnia.
Skipper Robbie Keane trained fully at Gannon Park in Malahide this afternoon 24 hours after his arrival from Los Angeles to confirm his recovery from a hamstring strain.
He was joined by Shane Long, Jon Walters and Keith Andrews, who did not complete the morning session with minor niggles.
Keith Fahey, who has been nursing a groin problem, is progressing and is expected to be fit for the weekend, while a decision on Kevin Foley (hamstring) will be taken later in the week.
Keeper Shay Given, who had a scan on a knee injury yesterday, will not train tomorrow, nor will defender Richard Dunne, who has a micro-tear in his lower abdominal wall.
John O’Shea, who has been all but ruled out of the Bosnia game, is unlikely to train tomorrow, but like Dunne, is expected to be fit for the finals.
Given was sent for a scan on a knee injury he picked up in training yesterday, and a Football Association of Ireland spokesman confirmed today: “After undergoing a scan, it was concluded that Shay should sit out training for the next two to three days for precautionary measures.”
Trapattoni later suggested the 36-year-old Aston Villa keeper is his biggest concern ahead of Euro 2012 – which for the Republic kicks off against Croatia on June 10 – and hinted that either Sunderland’s Keiren Westwood or David Forde of Millwall could play in Saturday’s friendly against Bosnia.
He said: “There is only Shay Given, who has a little bit of a problem. We have to decide run the risk or stay. We have another two [keepers].
“For this game, we will decide with the doctor because at this moment, we don’t need to run the risk.”
Of Sunderland defender O’Shea, the FAI spokesman added: “Giovanni Trapattoni has also decided that John O’Shea may not partake in Saturday’s game against Bosnia for precautionary measures, but has confirmed that John will be fit in time for Euro 2012.
“John is undergoing rehabilitative treatment this week on his ankle.”
Ten members of the squad met up last Thursday with the bulk of the remainder arriving on Sunday for what will be a long haul whether they progress from the group or not.
Many will occupy their spare time by watching DVDs – striker Shane Long has brought his guitar, much to the consternation of room-mate Kevin Doyle – but for Trapattoni, there will be little time for relaxation.
Asked how he would unwind, he said: “We need to watch DVDs. We have so many DVDs, about Spain, about also Italy – we already know Italy – and Croatia.
“There are many friendlies and qualifying games, and that’s important.
“We will see the teams and all the little situations to improve our information because I can’t forget a little detail.
“Our job in the free time, I have only many DVDs to watch. But I love it.
“Football now, all the technology allows us to see everything, and those little situations, they are important.”