Euro 2012 Group C Injury Updates
With both Marco Tardelli and Alan Kelly confirming the fitness of Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, GreenScene looks to see how the other Group C teams are faring injury-wise before tomorrow’s Euro 2012 kick off.
Tardelli spoke to reporters today, and confirmed that Given is still in line to start against Croatia on Sunday. “Today, he rested but I think he is ready to play,” the Irish assistant said. “Yes, he is 100% fit. Everything is good. You saw during the training that everybody runs, everybody is happy. They feel good.”
Yesterday, the Irish team were given a day off from training, and said that Giovanni Trapattoni had made the decision after the Hungary game.”“We decide sometimes or not if it’s better to train or not. We had the feeling that it was better to rest. All decisions depend on the boss. The players need to recover after the very tough seasons.”
With that good news, how are the rest of Ireland’s Group C opponents faring?
- Ivica Olic had been forced out of the Croatia squad due to injury, and was replaced by Blackburn Rovers forward Nikola Kalinic.
- Ivo Ilicevic remains a doubt for Croatia’s opening game, but should be fit to face Spain.
- Girgio Chiellini is back in action for Italy, and manager Cesare Prandelli is testing the Juventus defender on the left of a back three in a 3-5-2.
- Andrea Pirlo sat out training yesterday with a muscle strain, but returned to duty today.
- Andrea Barzagli is still a doubt, and Davide Astori has been training with the squad in case Juventus defender Barzagli has to pull out. A decision is due to be made on Barzagli’s fitness tomorrow.
- Christian Maggio has a hamstring strain, but has been working on his fitness in the gym.
- Alvaro Arbeloa sat out Spain’s first training session in Poland, but returned yesterday after shaking off a back problem.
- Jesus Navas was also an absentee, but a scan on his hand revealed that he has no major problems.
- Cesc Fabregas is another player back in training, after overcoming a thigh injury.