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Giovanni Trapattoni expects John O'Shea to be fit for training camp later this week

Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2012 20:10 | Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni won't risk John O'Shea in next weekend's friendly against Bosnia Herzegovina
Giovanni Trapattoni won't risk John O'Shea in next weekend's friendly against Bosnia Herzegovina

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Giovanni Trapattoni expects defender John O'Shea to be fit to take part in the Republic of Ireland's pre-Euro 2012 training camp in Malahide later this week, writes Glenn Mason.

O'Shea annoyed his international manager when he aggravated an injury around his ankle and calf in the final game of the season for Sunderland, when the Italian felt he should not have played.

Speaking to the media after the first full training session of the camp, Trapattoni said O'Shea has been limited to gym work, but should be able to resume training in two or three days.

However, the Italian said he was unlikely to take a risk by playing him in the friendly against Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday.

Trapattoni said: "[O'Shea] said to me he is okay but we will evaluate. I don't want to run a risk. He only trained in the gym.

"It is very important not to overwork him. He can play the first game (against Croatia on 10 June) no problem."

The manager also confirmed that Robbie Keane would be assessed when he arrives, but the Italian was confident he is over his slight hamstring injury.

The LA Galaxy striker had a scan in the US, which confirmed there was no tear or bleeding in the muscle.

Trapattoni said: "Robbie for us is important. He has enough time to recover. He is only missing little details.

"The news is not bad. We have to make a check when he comes, but we have three or four more other options."

Keith Fahey and Kevin Foley again trained separately to the rest of the squad, although they are due to resume full training in "two or three days".

With Ireland's first game against Croatia just three weeks away, Trapattoni once again emphasised the importance of the "little details".

He said: "This is the first day of our training camp. As usual I see the players are full of enthusiasm.

"As always we have full trust in them and their commitment. Gradually we are starting our preparation. Some started last week.

"We will try to focus on small detail. We have to improve the little situation. The little details are very important."

Trapattoni cited Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final as an example of a side overcoming the odds with a disciplined performance.

He said: "I think we can have confidence. Our opponents are all teams that we know are strong.

"But the players know the example yesterday evening when Chelsea beat Bayern. Most people went for Bayern but Chelsea won."

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