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EXCLUSIVE: 'I've had a similar op before and was back playing in less than three weeks' - Jon Walters dismisses Euro fears

Published 31/03/2016 | 12:17

Jon Walters
Jon Walters

IRELAND striker Jonathan Walters is 'very happy' with the outcome of an operation to clear up a problem in his knee and has allayed fears that it could have any impact on his participation in Euro 2016.

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The 32-year-old underwent a procedure yesterday to rectify a cartilage problem and indicated to independent.ie today that he expects to return to action well in advance of this summer's finals in France.

"I've had a similar one done before and was back playing in less than three weeks so I'll be grand," Walters told Independent.ie.

The Ireland striker added Twitter: "Apologies for no post op selfie. I had surgery yesterday and all went well, delighted to have moved up two cup sizes."

He added that this particular operation was straightforward and is hoping for a recovery time of between four to six weeks.

The best case scenario in that timeframe would give Walters a chance of returning to action before the end of their Premier League season.

Either way, it would see him back in full training ahead of Ireland's summer business which kicks off with the friendly against Holland on May 27.

Walters was the outstanding player in Ireland's qualification campaign, scoring five goals in 2015 including the brace in the play-off decider with Bosnia.

Last week, he was named the Senior International Player of the Year as a reward for his exploits.

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