Given confident Dunne will prove fitness

Shay Given believes his Aston Villa team-mate Richard Dunne will win the battle to be fit for Euro 2012.

Ireland’s man-mountain broke his collarbone in a clash with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on February 12. He is recovering from surgery and is on schedule to be fit within the initial eight-week timeframe.

“He’s still in a sling, but it’s going according to plan,” said Given. “It was a bad fall, he landed really badly.

“There was nothing to stop his fall, he landed straight on it and he’s a big guy and coming down from that height as well.

“Dunney is very much one of those who doesn’t really complain about anything. He just gets his head down and gets on with it.”

At present, Dunne is spending time at home kicking his heels while his collarbone heals.

“He’s been in and out of the training ground on the odd day,” said Given.

“But there’s not much he can do, to be honest, at the minute because of the sling, so I’m sure he’s tearing his hair out at home.

“Hopefully we can get him back fit before the end of the season, because ideally you want him playing a few games before the summer, with such a big summer coming up.

“I think it would be brilliant if he could get back for Aston Villa and play towards the end of the season and that would stand him in good stead for the summer.”

The “Dunney Monster” put in an amazing performance for Ireland in Moscow in the qualifiers and Given agrees that the Dubliner’s performances in the qualifiers are one of the main reasons Ireland can jet off to Poland this summer.

“He’s a huge part of why we qualified in the first place, he’s one of the main reasons we got there,” the Donegal man continued.

“Trapattoni knows his qualities and I’m sure he’ll give him all the time he needs to get fit.”


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