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Trapattoni hopeful over injuries

Giovanni Trapattoni's walking wounded boarded the plane for Armenia on Wednesday afternoon to hand Ireland a boost.

Skipper Robbie Keane and defenders Richard Dunne and Darren O'Dea were among the party which jetted out to Yerevan as they battled against the injuries which have limited them in recent days.

Keane, who remained a Tottenham player when the transfer window closed Tuesday night despite weeks of speculation, was able to train at Malahide on Wednesday morning without the knee brace he wore Tuesday, although it will be a comfort to both he and Trapattoni he has a further 48 hours during which to recover further ahead of Friday night's opening Euro 2012 qualifier.

Dunne and O'Dea both sat out the session, the Aston Villa man with a muscle injury and his Ipswich counterpart with a sprained knee.

However, Trapattoni is hopeful Dunne could start at the Yerevan Republican Stadium, and O'Dea could yet make the bench.

He said: "I am optimistic. As a precaution, we left Richard and also Darren out of training, but I am optimistic because we have 48 hours.

"Richard, I am sure about, and also it's possible Darren could be on the bench.

"Richard still has this knock in the muscle, but hopefully Thursday, he will train with us."


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