Hodgson backs Long call-up

Baggies boss happy that striker is included in play-off squad

Shane Long: Roy Hodgson has no problems with striker landing call-up despite injury

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West Brom manager Roy Hodgson insists he has no problem with Republic of Ireland including Shane Long in their Euro 2012 play-off squad.

The Baggies striker is unlikely to be playing anytime soon after damaging his knee in last weekend's 2-1 win at Aston Villa following a challenge from Alan Hutton.

Long is expected to be sidelined for six weeks, although that has not stopped Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni giving the 24-year-old a chance of featuring in their play-off matches with Estonia.

Understanding

"The prognosis from the doctors and medical experts is that Shane will be out for six weeks," stated Hodgson.

"But I quite understand why an important player like Shane is included in the squad because there is nothing to stop Giovanni Trapattoni being optimistic.

"There have been lots of cases in the past where people have been diagnosed with an injury which will take longer than it actually takes.

"So no-one would be happier than ourselves if Shane Long recovers in two weeks and can play for Ireland in these important qualifiers.

"For me, his selection is fine. I just hope they won't be too disappointed if the doctor's prognosis turns out to be the correct one. It might turn out to be optimistic."