Given, who has been nursing knee and calf injuries plus blistered feet, played just the first 45 minutes of Monday night’s friendly in Hungary, his only football since the end of the Barclays Premier League season.
But assistant manager Tardelli said "Today Shay rested because he knows his body. I think he is ready to play".
Given, Ireland’s most-capped player, is a key member of Trapattoni’s first-choice back five and the he would certainly want to be able to include Shay as the first on his teamsheet for the game with Croatia in Poznan.
However, in Keiren Westwood, he at least has an able deputy and that will be a comfort as the nation waits for news of the Aston Villa man’s fitness.
Trapattoni and the rest of the players were back on the training pitch today after an unscheduled day off.
BY: KEVIN MCDONAGH