Tra­p­at­toni: It’s Kraut of or­der to use crocks as an ex­cuse

REPUB­LIC OF IRE­LAND v GER­MANY Group C – Fri­day, 7.45pm

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

GIO­VANNI TRA­P­AT­TONI won’t add in­sult to in­jury by us­ing his crocks as an ex­cuse for a bad per­for­mance against Ger­many.

Ire­land fans might be asked to bring their boots for Fri­day’s World Cup show­down with the Krauts as the Repub­lic’s list of walk­ing wounded heads to­wards dou­ble fig­ures.

A tough test against the for­mer world and Euro­pean cham­pi­ons has been made even stiffer by a raft of ma­jor with­drawals to hit the squad.

For­get the luck of the Ir­ish, Trap must have trod­den on a black cat while walk­ing un­der a lad­der as he faces up to be­ing with­out half-a-dozen of his big names.

Sean St Ledger, Glenn Whe­lan, James McClean, Kevin Doyle, Dar­ron Gib­son and Richard Dunne are all miss­ing from the squad with knocks.

But there will be no sob sto­ries from the hard­line Ital­ian about his lack of num­bers.

The 73-year-old in­sists he’ll just get on with it and make the best of a bad hand against the Group C favourites.

Pow­er­ful

He said: “We don’t need any ex­cuses.

“Who­ever I send out there on the pitch must go out and give me 100 per cent.

“I need 11 play­ers who will run them­selves into the ground.

“In­juries are just some­thing that we have to deal with. We’re miss­ing five or six play­ers but I’m con­fi­dent about the qual­ity we have to step in and re­place them.

“The big­gest loss to us is prob­a­bly Glenn Whe­lan be­cause we don’t re­ally INJURED: James McClean have any­one else who plays in his ex­act po­si­tion.”

The losses won’t be so keenly felt for Tues­day’s trip to the Faroe Is­lands as Trap weighs up his op­tions.

Wi­gan’s James McCarthy and Sun­der­land mid­fielder David Meyler are set to come in along­side Bolton’s Keith An­drews.

The Ire­land coach added: “We have Keith and also James McCarthy and Keith Fa­hey.

“David Meyler could also be im­por­tant against a pow­er­ful op­po­nent like Ger­many.

“The play­ers I have all have dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties to bring to the side.”

As­ton Villa de­fender Ciaran Clark and Man United’s Rob­bie Brady are also set to fig­ure in Dublin af­ter late call-ups.

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