Trap rules out unfortunate Foley

Tue, 29 May 15:11:01 2012

Kevin Foley's Euro 2012 hopes were dealt a devastating blow on Tuesday when Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni decided not to take a risk on his fitness.

The Wolves defender has spent the last week desperately trying to shake off a hamstring injury and trained with his team-mates at the Stadio Comunale Alberto Benedetti in Borgo A Buggiano on Monday afternoon.

However, his name was not among the 23 submitted to UEFA this lunchtime when the final squad was confirmed with 24th man Paul McShane getting the nod instead.

Trapattoni said: "With the injuries that we experienced in the squad over the past week, I have had to make a tough decision when it comes to naming the 23 players that must be submitted to UEFA for the championship.

"Kevin Foley, John O'Shea, Paul McShane, Darren O'Dea, Shay Given had all been carrying knocks and we have been monitoring them closely in their recovery.

"Although Kevin has been recovering well, I have made the difficult decision to leave him out of the 23-player list after completing fitness tests on John O'Shea and Paul McShane this morning. I have spoken to him and understand how difficult it is, saying that he can remain with the squad if he wishes."


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