Trap rules out unfortunate Foley

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Kevin Foley's Euro 2012 hopes have been dealt a devastating blow after 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. But his name was not among the 23 submitted to UEFA this lunchtime when the final squad was confirmed, with Paul McShane getting the nod.

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."

He went on: "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."

Foley is the second man from the initial 23 to miss out following the departure of midfielder Keith Fahey at the weekend as Paul Green flew in to take his place ahead of the Republic's departure for their pre-tournament training camp in Montecatini, Italy.

However, Trapattoni was relieved to be able to include Given and O'Shea in particular, with the 36-year-old goalkeeper expected to return to full training on Wednesday after resting a knee injury and the 31-year-old defender, who has been battling an ankle problem, hoping to play some part in Tuesday's friendly against a Tuscan Select XI in Pistoia.

There could still be leeway for Trapattoni to make further changes should injury strike again, but that option is available to him only until the day of Ireland's first Group C game against Croatia on June 10, and even then only after convincing UEFA's own doctors.

Ireland squad: 1. Shay Given (Aston Villa), 2. Sean St Ledger (Leicester), 3. Stephen Ward (Wolves), 4. John O'Shea (Sunderland), 5. Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), 6. Glenn Whelan (Stoke), 7. Aiden McGeady (Spartal Moscow), 8. Keith Andrews (West Brom), 9. Kevin Doyle (Wolves), 10. Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), 11. Damien Duff (Fulham).

12. Stephen Kelly (Fulham), 13. Paul McShane (Hull), 14. Jonathan Walters (Stoke), 15. Darron Gibson (Everton), 16. Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), 17. Stephen Hunt (Wolves), 18. Darren O'Dea (Celtic), 19. Shane Long (West Brom), 20. Simon Cox (West Brom), 21. Paul Green (Derby), 22. James McClean (Sunderland), 23. David Forde (Millwall).

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