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Ireland won't train on Stade Pierre Mauroy pitch before Italy clash due to poor surface

Published 20/06/2016 | 10:37

20 June 2016; Jeff Hendrick of Republic of Ireland during squad training at Versailles in Paris, France. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
20 June 2016; Jeff Hendrick of Republic of Ireland during squad training at Versailles in Paris, France. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

UEFA have informed the FAI that, due to concerns about the playing surface at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, the squad will not be able to hold their traditional eve of match training session at the match stadium tomorrow.

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Instead, the Ireland squad will hold their training session at their training camp in Versailles and Martin O'Neill's squad will only get to walk around the pitch in Lille tomorrow.

Jonathan Walters satout training with the Republic of Ireland squad today in Versailles. The squad travel to Lille tomorrow to prepare for Wednesday's Group E clash with Italy.

Walters did some one-on-one work with a physio but was not able to join his team-mates for the full training session.

Roy Keane will appear in front of the media at around 11.30am to deliver the latest update.

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