• Euro 2012

Shay Given knee injury a concern for Republic of Ireland

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012
Shay Given has a knee injury © PA Photos

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has given manager Giovanni Trapattoni an injury worry ahead of Euro 2012, with the stopper requiring a scan on a knee injury.

Given, 36, was sent for tests after hurting the knee in training and is expected to miss the next two to three days of Ireland's preparations in Malahide.

An Football Association of Ireland spokesman said: "Shay Given picked up a minor knee injury in training yesterday. After undergoing a scan, it was concluded that Shay should sit out training for the next two to three days for precautionary measures.''

Republic of Ireland face Bosnia in a friendly encounter at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon before departing for their pre-Euro 2012 camp in Italy.

Given may well add to his 121 caps for the Republic in the game, but one man almost certain not to feature is 31-year-old Sunderland defender John O'Shea, who is still experiencing problems with an ankle injury.

However, Trapattoni remains confident he will be fit for the tournament, which gets underway against Croatia in Poznan on June 10.

The 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.''

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