Boost for Ireland as Dunne returns to training

Updated: April 24, 2012

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has returned to training after spending two months out with a broken collarbone.

The news is a boost for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, as Dunne may be able to regain match fitness against Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich ahead of Euro 2012.

Dunne’s importance to Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign was underlined with his impressive defensive efforts in the 0-0 draw away to Russia during the qualifiers.

The 32-year-old injured his collarbone against Manchester City in February and Villa have faltered without their defensive stalwart, only winning once in the nine matches during his layoff.

Aston Villa manager McLeish said, “It’s good news regarding Richard. He has rejoined the group for training today.

“If he doesn’t make the game at West Brom this weekend, he should be ready for the Tottenham match.

“With a guy like [Dunne], and with what the modern day physical trainers and medical people do, the aim is to try and get the player up to speed so he can go straight back into the side.”

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