Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Fingers crossed' - Roy Keane reveals slim chance that Jon Walters could face Italy

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Versailles

Published 20/06/2016 | 12:01

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the Stade de Montbauron, Versailles today
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at the Stade de Montbauron, Versailles today

Roy Keane believes that Jon Walters still has a slim chance of being fit enough to feature for Ireland against Italy in Lille on Wednesday.

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Walters' achilles injury prevented him from featuring in Saturday's defeat to Belgium and he is losing his battle to be fit in time for the Lille game, though assistant manager Keane hold out some hope.

"He did some work today, you [the media] would have seen the first few minutes, he did pick that up when ye left, so it's very much play it by ear," Keane said today.

"Hopefully he can do something, we are obviously training here [Versailles] tomorrow morning and hopefully he can get involved somewhere, whether that be a bit of possession or whatever but it's still very much touch and go, if you speak to the player he is improving every day but the game is coming up quickly.

"If there is any chance he thinks he can get through it he will have a go, even if we thought we could get Jon on the pitch for an hour it would be fantastic, but you have to look after the player's welfare, ultimately you think if he crosses that white line he's fit but if he doesn't feel right, if the medical staff and the player think that, then it's highly unlikely he would be involved, the manager will speak to him tomorrow but fingers crossed."

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