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McShane Euro option for injury-hit Irish

Paul McShane could yet find himself on the plane to Poland next month as manager Giovanni Trapattoni attempts to find cover for his injured troops.

The 26-year-old trained with his Ireland team-mates in Malahide on Thursday morning after joining up with the squad on Wednesday following a late call-up.

McShane, who was initially among a standby list of five players when the party for Euro 2012 was named, seems certain to play against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday with Richard Dunne, John O'Shea and Sean St Ledger all struggling for fitness.

However, Trapattoni has revealed he will probably join the party for next week's training camp in Montecatini, Italy, and the friendly against Hungary in Budapest which follows it, and may yet head for Poland too.

The 73-year-old said: "He will probably come with us because we need one more. We may take 25 to Italy, it's no problem."

Asked if he would be retained when the squad heads for its tournament base in Gdynia on June 5, Trapattoni replied: "I can ask him then, but before that, we have Hungary. Hungary is a very difficult game and maybe we need to give the 23 before. Only with injury, we can decide to change or not."

Trapattoni has to confirm his final 23-man squad by May 29, but changes can be made right up until the day of Ireland's first game - against Croatia in Poznan on June 10 - in the case of injury, provided it is ratified by a committee of UEFA doctors.

In the circumstances, McShane, or indeed any other player, could travel as back-up but then head home if not required, or replace an injured team-mate if permission was granted.

Trapattoni also revealed he is not the only man to have received a call with defender Damien Delaney and midfielder Paul Green among those to have been alerted.

He said: "Delaney, Paul McShane - we have other substitutes and they have been contacted. We have called them in case we need them, Paul Green also. But we have time to evaluate the situation."


From Belfast Telegraph