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Trapattoni says stroke reports are untrue

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Jan 2011 19:45

Giovanni Trapattoni will be back on international duty next month
Giovanni Trapattoni will be back on international duty next month


Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said he did not suffer a stroke during minor surgery in Italy.

A report in Libero newspaper, which was then carried by other Italian media, claimed that the 71-year-old was at home recovering from a mild stroke he suffered during surgery on 28 December. The report claimed that the stroke had caused partial paralysis down the right side of Trapattoni's body.

In a statement released through the FAI, Trapattoni said that while he did have scheduled surgery in Italy over Christmas, he had not suffered a stroke.

The FAI statement said: 'Giovanni Trapattoni underwent scheduled surgery before the New Year on the carotid artery. The operation went well, and he is recovering in a stable condition at home.'

Trapattoni confirmed that he had undergone surgery but said he had not suffered a stroke, adding that he will be in Ireland when the squad for the next match is announced.

He said: 'I had a scheduled operation to clean the carotid artery on December 28 in Milan. I am recovering well and expect to return to work in the coming weeks.

'Contrary to media speculation, I can confirm that I have not suffered a stroke. I will be in Ireland on January 24 to announce my squad for the Carling Nations Cup match against Wales on February 8.'

Trapattoni had a previous health issue in August, when he had to undergo minor abdominal surgery in Dublin in August after suffering a bout of food poisoning.