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Robbie Keane out of Poland game with Achilles trouble

Published 18/11/2013 | 20:01

Robbie Keane has scored 62 goals in 131 appearances for Ireland
Robbie Keane has scored 62 goals in 131 appearances for Ireland
Robbie Keane is poised to win his 129th Ireland cap on Tuesday
Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane will not start Ireland's friendly in Poland tomorrow and is facing up to the reality that surgery will be required to solve a troublesome Achilles problem.

The Ireland captain has travelled to Poznan and could be used as a second half substitute, but new manager Martin O'Neill will have to kickoff with a different striker as he prepares to make changes from the team which started his reign with a 3-0 win over Latvia last Friday.

Keane made the trip to Poland because his season with LA Galaxy is over and he is now entering into a winter break.

"I wanted to come and it's not like I have a game on Saturday," said the Tallaght man, who will seek expert opinion after this international window and anticipates that surgery will be prescribed.

"After this week, I will see the specialist and hopefully get it all sorted out. There is definitely something that will have to be done and that [surgery] is likely it."

In Keane's absence, John O'Shea could deputise as captain but O'Neill admitted he was unsure if the Waterford man will start as he wants to assess his reserve of defensive options. Neither Alex Pearce or Sean St Ledger saw any action in the Latvian exercise.

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