Irish play down Given injury fears

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Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly has allayed any fears over Shay Given's fitness ahead of Euro 2012.

The 36-year-old Ireland international played only 45 minutes of Monday night's 0-0 friendly draw in Hungary, albeit a fine 45 minutes, and was a spectator at Tuesday night's public training session at the Municipal Stadium in Gdynia.

However, Kelly has no doubts the country's most-capped player will be between the posts when they open their campaign against Croatia in Poznan on Sunday evening. Asked whether Given would play if the game was on Wednesday night, Kelly said: "He would play, he would play."

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