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Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says Shane Long fitness claim 'idiotic'

Updated: Friday, 17 Aug 2012 10:15

Shane Long spent the entire match on the bench in Belgrade on Wednesday
Shane Long spent the entire match on the bench in Belgrade on Wednesday

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has labelled Shane Long's behaviour "idiotic" after the forward claimed he was fully fit to play in the goalless draw with Serbia on Wednesday.

West Brom attacker Long had been named in Trapattoni's starting line-up for the match, but Simon Cox was drafted in as a late replacement, with Long said to have suffered a calf injury in training.

As he left the game last night, Long told reporters he was fit to be involved, comments that drew the ire of his manager once the Italian was told.

Trapattoni said Long had complained of a physical problem following a training match.

"After this, he said, 'I have pain'," Trapattoni said.

"The doctor worried, they made a scan (in hospital). And now he says he is fit, that is idiotic. Is idiot. No, (he) is no baby."

Trapattoni said Long had featured in his preferred line-up during the training match and that he had every intention of playing him if he was available.

The Italian added: "For me, it is impossible to understand this. He could say, 'I am ready', before the game."

Long is now expected to feature for West Brom against Liverpool at The Hawthorns on Saturday.