GDYNIA, Poland (AP) – Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given appears to have won his battle to be fit for the team's opening European Championship Group C match against Croatia on Sunday.
Given has been bothered by a series of niggling injuries and only played the first half of Ireland's final warm-up match, against Hungary on Monday.
After practicing separately from the rest of his teammates on Thursday, Given took an active part in Friday's session at the team's training base in Gdynia and now looks certain to make his 123rd international appearance in Poznan.
Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni says he had ''no doubt'' Given would be fit.
After Croatia, Ireland faces defending champion Spain on June 14 and 2006 World Cup winner Italy four days later.