Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shay Given fit for Macedonia qualifier

Shay Given will be fit to play for Ireland in June’s European Championship qualifier in Macedonia. Irish goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly confirmed in Dublin that Manchester City back up keeper Given will be fit in time for the club’s first FA Cup final since 1981.

The Donegal goal stopper missed the March win over Macedonia after undergoing surgery on another shoulder injury in February but is back in full training with his club.

"Shay sent a message this week to tell us that he is back in full training and doing very well," said Kelly at the annual Dublin Docklands Coaching for Kids festival.

"He is fighting fit once again and looking forward to getting back on the field with City and with Ireland.

"He is pushing the envelope and I will be very surprised if he’s not on the bench for City for the FA Cup final against Stoke and back forIreland in the games at the end of next month."