Tuesday 17 October 2017

Paul McShane and Harry Arter injury concerns for Scotland showdown

Republic of Ireland's Paul McShane is a doubt for Saturday's game with Scotland
Republic of Ireland's Paul McShane is a doubt for Saturday's game with Scotland

James Donoghue

Paul McShane and Harry Arter are the only injury concerns for Ireland ahead of Saturday’s vital European Championship qualifier against Scotland.

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, who made his debut in Sunday's friendly with England, missed Wednesday’s training session in Malahide because he was getting a hip and groin problem assessed.

The injury is a worry for manager Martin O’Neill who was impressed with Arter’s first outing in green: “It’s a shame, I thought when he came on he did very well indeed”.

The manager could also be without Paul McShane who had to withdraw from the training session.

“Paul McShane came out with a toe injury," O’Neill added.

“I think he was stamped on a couple of days ago”.

McShane, who was released by Hull following their relegation from the Premier League, has forced his way back into O’Neills reckoning with a number of excellent performances at the end of the season.

There was better news for John O’Shea, who was a doubt for Saturday's encounter after being withdrawn against England with calf trouble, as he was able to train fully with the team this morning. 

O’Neill also welcomed skipper Robbie Keane back to the squad following his game for LA Galaxy against Vancouver over the weekend.

O’Neill said his skipper was “not too bad, obviously it was a long flight for him”. 

Keane played the full 90 minutes for Galaxy in their 1-0 loss which was a little longer than O’Neill was expecting.

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