Questions have arisen over the fitness of the Aston Villa shot-stopper but the Ireland manager insists that his number one is fineGiovanni Trapattoni has insisted Shay Given is fit amid media reports indicating that the goalkeeper could miss Ireland's Euro 2012 opener with Croatia due to injury.
The Daily Mail claimed that Given was unlikely to be risked on Sunday in Group C for fear of aggravating a calf complaint. There were 'fresh doubts', it was suggested, over Given's injury and that he cut a 'forlorn figure' after being substituted at half time during Monday's friendly draw with Hungary.
Back-up goalkeepers Kieren Westwood and David Forde trained with the squad yesterday while Given sat out the session leading to suggestions his injury is more serious than previously feared. He had missed training in Malahide prior to the squad's departure to Montecantini with a knee problem and also skipped sessions at the Italian training base with blisters.
However, Trapattoni has insisted that the Aston Villa goalkeeper was merely being rested and that it was normal procedure during preparation for a major tournament.
"Thank God, it is only a rest," the Italian coach told the Irish Independent. "It was decided before the game that Shay would play one half."
He continued: "The second half it was going to be the other 'keeper. He is fit. There is no injury."
Along with Given, others, including Glenn Whelan and John O'Shea also sat out some of the first Polish training session.
Meanwhile, the Italian tactician has opted to give his squad a break following their arrival in Gydnia. Training and media engagements for Wednesday have been cancelled.
"My first concern is never to push the players too hard. I am always flexible," the Italian told the Irish Examiner.