Given plays down Euro fears
Shay Given claims his knee injury is not serious and he is due to resume training with the Republic of Ireland squad this week.
The Aston Villa veteran goalkeeper was forced to miss Saturday's 1-0 friendly win against Bosnia in Dublin after suffering the problem during a training session last week.
Sunderland keeper Kieren Westwood got the nod to deputise for Given in the game, but the former Manchester City and Newcastle custodian claims he will be fit for Euro 2012 and insisted that he would have played through the pain barrier had the tournament started at the weekend.
Given, who hopes to feature in the side's final friendly against Hungary in Budapest next Monday, told the Villa website: "The specialist was happy with the way things went on Thursday.
"I'll probably train in the middle of the week. It's just a knee problem.
"I hurt my knee in training on Monday and had a bit of a reaction. That was all.
"The scan was fine, so there's just a bit of swelling and stuff.
"There is no major problem with the ligaments or anything."
"Obviously I'd love to be training every day and have been playing because I don't like missing any games, but sometimes you have to listen to your body," Given added.
"If the Euros had started on Saturday I think I could have played, so I'm not worried.
"I hadn't trained, but I would have played. The specialist and the doctor felt it was just better to rest it for a few more days and then I'll be 100 per cent."