Thursday 29 September 2016

Another Ireland star sits out training with an injury while further assessment needed for Walters

Published 06/06/2016 | 16:39

Robbie Brady is the latest Irish player to miss training after picking up an injury but Martin O'Neill's immediate concern will be on the fitness of striker Jonathan Walters.

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Brady sat out this afternoon's session with a back spasm but that shouldn't be serious enough to keep the dead ball specialist from taking part in Ireland's Euro 2016 opener against Sweden in Paris next Monday.

Walters, however, is a far greater worry. The Stoke striker's training was limited last week after he picked up a calf injury, which has yet to fully clear up.

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Walters sat out training yesterday and will miss tomorrow's session too. Ireland's key attacker will be assessed when the squad arrive in France, but O'Neill didn't sound overly concerned with the health of his squad when addressing the media earlier today.

"Robbie Keane did a little bit of work, he's improving by the day which is good news," O'Neill said.

"Jon Walters, a bit of a problem the last few days, feeling a good bit better, didn't participate in training today and probably won't tomorrow either and see what he's like when he gets to France. Robbie Brady, back spasm at the weekend and didn't train today."

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