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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

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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.

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