Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed speculation he has suffered a stroke.
The 71-year-old instead said he is recovering at home after undergoing scheduled surgery on his carotid artery in Milan on December 28, and intends to travel to Dublin as planned later this month to announce his squad for the Carling Nations Cup clash with Wales.
Trapattoni said: "I had a scheduled operation to clean the carotid artery on December 28 in Milan.
"I am recovering well and expect to return to work in the coming weeks.
"Contrary to media speculation, I can confirm that I have not suffered a stroke.
"I will be in Ireland on January 24 to announce my squad for the Carling Nations Cup match against Wales on February 8."