Triple boost for Ireland
Giovanni Trapattoni is confident three players injured against Serbia will be fit to face Colombia.
Last Updated: 25/05/08 3:17pm
Giovanni Trapattoni is confident three players injured in Republic of Ireland's draw with Serbia will be fit to face Colombia.
During Saturday's 1-1 stalemate with Serbia at Croke Park, Irish trio Daryl Murphy, Richard Dunne and Paul McShane all picked up knocks.
Ireland play Colombia at Craven Cottage on Thursday and coach Trapattoni expects the players to be available for selection.
"There was a little injury to Murphy - a knock on the knee," Trapattoni told Sky Sports News.
"Paul McShane got a knock in the neck and Dunne there is only a little bruise on the left foot.
"They will be fit for Colombia."
The draw with Serbia marked Trapattoni's first match in charge and the Italian admits he is having to become accustomed to the different demands of international management.
He added: "I know this is a new situation. There is only a little problem because normally with club teams, we can work with the players every day.
"The national team is a little bit different. I wish that the players don't forget what we did during the last week. I'm sure we can improve."