Trapattoni denies suffering stroke

DUBLIN - Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni said on Wednesday he did not have a stroke last month, denying media reports in Italy that he had suffered complications during surgery.

The 71-year-old Italian, who had to sit out a friendly last August after spending almost a week in hospital to undergo abdominal surgery, said he was recovering well after the routine operation.

"Contrary to media speculation, I can confirm that I have not suffered a stroke," the former Italy and Juventus coach said in a statement.

"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."