Injury risk for Arter's Euro audition
Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30
Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is in danger of missing out on his big chance to play himself into Ireland's Euro 2016 squad.
Martin O'Neill had earmarked the double header with Switzerland (Friday) and Slovakia (next Tuesday) as the ideal opportunity for Arter to show what he is capable of after injury prevented the midfielder from following up on the promise of his international debut against England last June.
But Arter was forced off with an Achilles problem in his side's loss to Spurs on Sunday and that has placed his participation in jeopardy. The 26-year-old (right) has reported to Dublin for duty but sat out training and O'Neill indicated that the picture should become clearer today.
"We will have another look at him," he said, "He is obviously desperate to try and get in involved in the squad.
"I would love to (have played Arter) in an ideal world, it would have been great. If he is fit, he would start one of the two games. If he is not then that would be a bit unfortunate."
O'Neill stressed that he would not dismiss Arter from his French considerations. "I would not rule him out even if we did have these two games," he said.
However, he does have plenty of options in the central midfield department with Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Eunan O'Kane and newcomer Stephen Gleeson all looking to further their cause in the queue for positions behind established trio Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick.
Darron Gibson may also fly in later this week if a hamstring problem clears up.