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Goal.com Ireland looks at how Giovanni Trapattoni's 23-man squad and five reserves have been playing and the players likely to make the starting XI in Poland

ANALYSIS
By Ronan Murphy

It's been a nervy week for those following the fortunes of the Boys in Green. Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and John O'Shea have all been nursing knocks in the past few days, meaning Paul McShane has been drafted in to the squad for Saturday's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Despite Marco Tardelli's assertions to the contrary, the nation holds its breath for news on the health and fitness of some of the team's most important players.

  Shay GIVEN
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Goalkeeper

Given has been ruled out of the Bosnia-Herzegovina game with a knee injury, and has to travel to London to see a specialist. Anxious times for the Ireland shotstopper.
Keiren WESTWOOD
Club: Sunderland
Position: Goalkeeper

Set to start on Saturday with Given ruled out, but Trapattoni was always likely to give Westwood a run out in the friendlies even if Given was fit.
David FORDE
Club: Millwall
Position: Goalkeeper

Another who is waiting on news of Given's injury. If it's more serious than the management are saying then Forde could move up to second for a goalkeeping spot. If that happens, expect him to feature against Hungary.
  Richard DUNNE
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Defender

Forced to sit out training with a stomach injury, Dunne is also another BiH absentee after tearing his lower abdominal wall.

Sean ST LEDGER
Club: Leicester City
Position: Defender

Trapattoni will be without his preferred centre backs as St Ledger is also on the injury list, having pulled his groin in training. St Ledger's enforced absence has seen Paul McShane drafted into the squad as cover.


Darren O'DEA
Club: Celtic
Position: Defender

Will have to fill Richard Dunne's boots on Saturday, but O'Dea has always been solid when called upon at centre back for Ireland.
  John O'SHEA
Club: Sunderland
Position: Defender

Underwent treatment on his ankle this week, so Trapattoni has decided not to risk him against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Should be back in training early next week.
  Stephen WARD
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Stephen Ward is the only first choice defender expected to start on Saturday, and should win his 11th cap.
Stephen KELLY
Club: Fulham
Position: Defender

Kelly is due to start at right back, and will be hoping to impress enough against BiH to play his way into the manager's plans.
Kevin FOLEY
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

Kevin Foley was one of the original injury worries, and still hasn't recovered from his hamstring strain. Seamus Coleman is on standby in case Foley doesn't get back to full fitness.
  Keith ANDREWS
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Midfielder

Sat out Tuesday's training session with a minor groin problem, but was back in action on Wednesday and should start on Saturday.
Glenn WHELAN
Club: Stoke City
Position: Midfielder

Whelan didn't train on Monday, but not because of injury like many of the squad, but due to his wedding last weekend. Set to partner Andrews in midfield on Saturday.


Keith FAHEY
Club: Birmingham City
Position: Midfielder

Fahey missed the end of the season with Birmingham, and has been nursing a groin injury, but could be in line for a return to action this weekend.
Darron GIBSON
Club: Everton
Position: Midfielder

Injury-free this week, so could be in line to start against BiH if Trapattoni wants to try an alternative midfield pairing.
Damien DUFF
Club: Fulham
Position: Winger

Duff is another player who has come through training this week without a knock. Trapattoni is expected to give James McClean some game time on Saturday, so may only play 45 minutes.
Aiden McGEADY
Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: Winger

Hit out at his critics this week, and is brimming with confidence at exactly the right time for Ireland. Like Duff, may only play 45 minutes against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Stephen HUNT
Club: Wolves
Position: Winger

Determined to prove his worth to the Ireland squad, Hunt is already looking forward to a possible quarter final against England. That's the kind of positive attitude Ireland need if they are to progress.

James McCLEAN
Club: Sunderland
Position: Winger

Trapattoni has suggested that McClean could be tried on both sides against Bosnia-Herzegovina, perhaps 45 minutes of each, but it's more likely that the Derryman will come on at half time or in the second half.
Robbie KEANE
Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Position: Striker
 
Missed LA Galaxy's MLS game last weekend due to a hamstring tear, but FAI doctors seem to be happy with Keane, and he's been training fully with the rest of the squad.

Kevin DOYLE
Club: Wolves
Position: Striker

Will want to impress possible suitors at Euro 2012, so will be hoping to start alongside Keane up front after coming through this week unscathed.

Shane LONG
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Sat out Wednesday's morning training session with a minor niggle, but is expected to be fit for Saturday's friendly international.
Jon WALTERS
Club: Stoke City
Position: Striker

Walters was also forced to sit out training on Wednesday with a knee injury, but remains optimistic of featuring on Saturday.
Simon COX
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker


One of only two strikers to be injury-free this week, Cox is another forward who could be on the move this summer with rumoured moves to Swansea and Celtic in the media this week.

Darren Randolph - Motherwell - Goalkeeper - Will keep an eye on Shay Given's recovery, as Randolph could be drafted in as goalkeeping cover.

Paul McShane - Crystal Palace - Defender - Due to start the friendly on Saturday after being called in as temporary cover.

Paul Green - Derby County - Midfielder - With Keith Fahey recovering well, Green's chances of a call-up are looking slimmer.

Seamus Coleman - Everton - Winger - Kevin Foley still hasn't recovered fully, so Trapattoni may be forced to bring in Coleman as a makeshift full back.

Andy Keogh - Millwall - Winger/Striker - Keogh is also unlikely to receive a call, with all five strikers doing well.

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