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Tuesday 25 April 2017

KILBANE NOT LOSING SLEEP

Kevin Kilbane is "not losing any sleep" about his Ireland place going to Stephen Ward as he battles to be fit for Ireland's Group B deciders, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

Having been ruled out of the scoreless draws against Slovakia and Russia, and seen his unbroken run of 66 competitive internationals ended, the veteran left-back is now battling an injury that has spread from his back to his hamstring.

"It's been brilliant, I couldn't have asked for any more but I'm not losing any sleep over my place," Kilbane said, ahead of Giovanni Trapattoni naming his squad today for the upcoming clashes with Andorra and Armenia.

"If he picks me, he picks me. Stephen's done well. I'm not getting stressed, I've had a great run.

"Armenia will be coming to us wanting to win, they will want to finish in that runners-up spot themselves.

"We just have to hope that Slovakia do the business against Russia, and they are more than capable of doing that."

Kilbane's will now focus on getting fit to play for Derby County.

He will miss tomorrow's game against Millwall, but hopes to return against Barnsley or Leicester.

Irish Independent

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