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Given ready for Ireland return after playing down Euro 2012 fears

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Given ready for Ireland return after playing down Euro 2012 fears

By Dan Harrison

Shay Given has played down fears over his fitness ahead of Euro 2012 by declaring himself ready to resume training with the Republic of Ireland squad this week.

Given sat out Ireland's 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia in Dublin at the weekend after suffering a knee strain.

The Villa goalkeeper travelled to London on Thursday to see a specialist but he is adamant there are not long-term concerns ahead of next month's finals in Ukraine and Poland.

Ireland's last game before the showpiece tournament is against Hungary next Monday and Given is targeting a return in the Budapest friendly.

"The specialist was happy with the way things went on Thursday," he said.

"I'll probably train in the middle of the week. It's just a knee problem.

"I hurt my knee in training on Monday and had a bit of a reaction. That was all.

"The scan was fine, so there's just a bit of swelling and stuff.

"There is no major problem with the ligaments or anything."

Given claims he would have played through the pain barrier against Bosnia on Saturday had it been a Euro 2012 clash rather than a friendly.

But the Donegal-born custodian sat out as a precaution with Sunderland keeper Kieren Westwood deputising.

"Obviously I'd love to be training every day and have been playing because I don't like missing any games, but sometimes you have to listen to your body," Given added.

"If the Euros had started on Saturday I think I could have played, so I'm not worried.

"I hadn't trained, but I would have played. The specialist and the doctor felt it was just better to rest it for a few more days and then I'll be 100 per cent."

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By @AVFCOfficial 28th May 2012
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