Sunday 4 December 2016

D-Day for Coleman and Hoolahan to prove their fitness in training session

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Seamus Coleman remains a long shot after spending the second day of this gathering on his own again working on his hamstring problem
Seamus Coleman remains a long shot after spending the second day of this gathering on his own again working on his hamstring problem

Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan will have to prove their fitness for the visit of Germany by taking part in this morning's final training session.

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Coleman remains a long shot after spending the second day of this gathering on his own again working on his hamstring problem.

Hoolahan is a fresh concern as he missed the entire session because of a heel injury he sustained last weekend.

Assistant manager Roy Keane thinks that a day's rest will do the Norwich man the world of good but feels that the Irish injury doubts will have to be ready to join the rest of the group today if they are to figure in the showdown with the world champions.

"Ideally, you want your lads to train," said Keane, "I don't think it's a problem today (Tuesday) but you would certainly want lads to go out and do something tomorrow (Wednesday) before they go straight into a game.

"So it would be a case of seeing how lads get on in the next 24 hours. Wes did not train, he got a knock which is sore but I think in terms of scans, he's fine. It can be a sore injury, no doubt."

Sunday is the realistic target for Marc Wilson, who continues to undergo treatment in Stoke. Cyrus Christie returned to training yesterday and is in line to step in for Coleman.

Keane acknowledged that Hull's David Meyler is a midfield option, with Glenn Whelan suspended and Stephen Quinn on the sidelines.

The pace of Shane Long was mentioned as an asset that could help on the counter, but the Corkman was reluctant to get drawn into selection issues.

In the context of questions about strength in depth and the slow production line of emerging talent, Keane did have some encouraging words for the youngsters at League of Ireland champions Dundalk who have ambitions of following the same route taken by Hoolahan, Coleman, Meyler and Long.

Stephen Kenny feels several members of his squad have a real chance of representing their country, although star man Richie Towell has stressed that he will have to move away to achieve that goal - and Keane agrees.

Potential

"Of course there is potential for players from the League of Ireland to go to England," he said, "We've seen one or two go over in the last year, the young boy (Brian) Lenihan from Cork City (to Hull), so of course there is a chance.

"There are a few young lads at Dundalk and I've read about players being linked to England.

"I haven't watched loads of League of Ireland games," continued Keane, who was at Cork's FAI Cup semi final over Bray on Sunday. "I've seen Dundalk once or twice and I speak to people and they tell me Dundalk are a really good team, maybe one of the best League of Ireland teams in a long time.

"Cork City also look good so it's not all doom and gloom. People should get behind them. I think the FAI Cup final will be a good game and I'll go - if I can get a ticket!"

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