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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Trap is down to bare bones

GIOVANNI Trapattoni is down to bare bones for next week's friendly internationals against Paraguay and Algeria and has been forced to include all his training camp hopefuls in his plans.

Richard Dunne, as expected, has been ruled out by a long-standing Achilles problem, the same injury causing Kevin Kilbane problems at the moment.

But the biggest disappointment for Irish fans planning on taking in the two games at the RDS will be the absence of James McCarthy.

Conversations between Roberto Martinez and Ireland assistant boss Marco Tardelli revealed that McCarthy is suffering from stress and exhaustion.

"Marco spoke with Martinez and McCarthy has a little problem. He is exhausted and we will have other opportunities to see him," said Trapattoni.

"Kevin Kilbane and Richard Dunne have injuries. It's the Achilles tendon, very dangerous, and they should stay at home and rest."

Trapattoni believes that his senior squad understudies have earned the right to stay on for the two international games.

"I think they all deserved to remain, all of them, because we only have eight players to come in," he said.

"They can learn from the other senior players. Shane Duffy maybe won't stay, because he needs to get the documents. But the others can stay with us."

Duffy is waiting for international clearance from FIFA and the necessary documentation he needs to confirm his decision to opt for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland.

"I don't know the actual story but I'll find out on Friday. So far the international clearance hasn't come through, so hopefully I've impressed enough there to earn a call-up for next year," he said.

Meanwhile, Jamie O'Hara will make a final decision on his international future during the summer, when he expects to tell Trapattoni which jersey he will choose.

"I've always loved playing for England so I wouldn't want to upset anyone or disrespect the Irish people as well, because I've got a lot of family in Ireland," he said.

"It's going to be a difficult decision to make and I don't want it to become a big deal in any way," added O'Hara.

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