Injury boost for Given

Shay Given

Shay Given

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Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is heading back from London after being told he can resume training next week.

The 36-year-old Aston Villa man flew to England on Thursday to consult a specialist over his knee injury, and he confirmed the diagnosis of the Republic's own medical staff and approved their plan for his recovery ahead of Euro 2012.

A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: "Shay Given is on his way back from visiting his specialist in London. The specialist has 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."

The development will come as a boost to manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who has found himself dealing with a lengthening injury list in recent days.

Trapattoni did not expressly rule Given out of Saturday's friendly against Bosnia at the Aviva Stadium but he indicated he would not risk one of his key men unnecessarily even if he wanted to play.

Trapattoni said: "I think he wishes to, but if he wishes and he has a problem...

"Our Euros begins in Poland, not at the Aviva or in Hungary."

Given's place is likely to be taken by Sunderland's Keiren Westwood, who has eight senior caps to his name.

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