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Given to miss Republic's Bosnia clash but Euro fears ease

By Daniel McDonnell

Shay Given will miss the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Bosnia tomorrow and stay on the 'easy list' until Wednesday after a trip to London to visit knee specialist Andy Williams yesterday.



The assessment from Dr Williams confirmed that Given had sustained no serious damage, despite appearing to suffer a worrying setback in Malahide on Monday.



However, his verdict was to recommend a period of rest to ensure no further complications.



Given sought the counsel of Williams for reassurance about his situation.



The 36-year-old had held out some hope of taking part in the Bosnian encounter, but he will sit out proceedings at Lansdowne Road and also the first couple of days of the training camp in Italy, including a scheduled friendly match with local opposition.



Given tweeted his satisfaction after meeting Dr Williams.



"All good news ref my knee," he said. "Just gotta rest for a few days and then back training next week. Thanks for all the kind messages."



An FAI statement said that the specialist "had been in contact with the Irish medical team and agrees with their diagnosis and recovery management plan. Shay is expected to return to full training on Wednesday."



Earlier, Giovanni Trapattoni suggested that Given would know best when he is completely ready to return.



He indicated that the Donegal man could feature in Hungary on Monday week.



"For me, the best doctor is the players," said Trapattoni. "When I played, I knew when I could spring or shoot. I knew.



"Shay is ok. He had an injury. Now, it's okay. He must shoot in long ball or go back with the ball.



"He needs to see the specialist who can say 'be careful or not be careful,' so there is no surprise if all of a sudden he needs to improvise."



Aside from the continued absence of his experienced defenders, there were no major problems for Trapattoni in Malahide yesterday.



Glenn Whelan sat out the training match with a sore throat, but Keith Fahey played a full part in the training match.



The Italian indicated that Fahey could be behind Darron Gibson in the pecking order with regard to tomorrow's encounter. "There is also Gibson," he said, when asked about Fahey's recovery.



"We have players that we can evaluate in this game. For example, James McClean and Gibson. We can use the game for this as I know what Duff and McGeady can do, and Hunt also."



When asked if McClean would start he replied "No, but yes," before adding it was a "great possibility."



It's likely that he will name his XI at this afternoon's pre-match conference in Swords.

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