After extensive stomach surgery in Dublin last week, Republic of Ireland soccer manager Giovanni Trapattoni was released from hospital on Tuesday.

Trap, 71, missed Ireland's first international game against Argentina last week in the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin (they lost 1-0) while undergoing surgery at the Mater Hospital to relieve abdominal pain.

He was kept in hospital over the weekend and discharged this morning.

The Italian manager expressed his “sincere thanks to the staff for their excellent care”.

However it's not back to work straight away for Trap.

His assistant Marco Tardelli has been assigned the job of naming the senior squad on Friday ahead of the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Armenia.

Ireland play Armenia in Yerevan on Friday, September 3 and Andorra in Dublin the following Tuesday in the Euro 2010 campaign.

Last week FAI chief executive John Delaney insisted Trap would be fit enough to make the trip to Armenia and resume his role as boss.

“There is no question at this stage that he won’t be with us for Armenia and Andorra. It is just recuperation as he is 71 years of age,” said Delaney.