GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI’S Irish squad lost another of its marquee names before flying out to their training camp on the Algarve yesterday.
Sunderland’s Andy Reid aggravated a hamstring problem in training with the squad in Dublin and has returned to his club for treatment.
The injury means that the midfielder is also ruled out of the friendly games against Serbia and Colombia.
Birmingham City goalkeeper Colin Doyle was missed out on the trip due to a swollen knee.
He has returned to Birmingham where he will undergo a further examination of his injury.
Trapattoni will use all his travelling squad of 20 players during two training matches on the Algarve. The games against club sides from Portimao and Lagos — towns adjacent to the Irish squad’s base in Luz – will take place tomorrow and Monday.
“I want to look at all the players,” Trapattoni confirmed.
“One team will play for an hour, then another for half an hour and then we will alternate it for the second game. After Portugal, I will be better able to assess the quality of the players for the games against Serbia and Colombia. And we will also have other players, like Keane and O’Shea, back for those games.”
Trapattoni professed himself happy with his first two training sessions as Ireland manager.
“The players are engaging a lot, I saw that they want to learn,” he said. “We have started slowly on technical and tactical things.
“I am very pleased with the willingness of the players,” he added.
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