Thursday 23 March 2017

Ireland sweat on Harry Arter scan as injury problems mount

'The in-form Arter is a midfield option' Photo: Reuters
'The in-form Arter is a midfield option' Photo: Reuters
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Martin O'Neill is waiting for good news from a scan on Harry Arter's groin after injuries ruled six players out of this week's World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and Moldova.

Aiden McGeady, Keiren Westwood, Daryl Murphy, Stephen Quinn, Anthony Pilkington and Kevin Doyle will all miss the double header.

James McCarthy has reported for duty after a lengthy lay-off but O'Neill fears it is too much to ask.

"If these games were coming up in 10 or 12 days' time I wouldn't have any problem and I don't think he would have any problem," said O'Neill.

"It's just they've come a wee bit too quickly."

The in-form Arter is a midfield option but he is concern after he hurt his groin at the weekend.

O'Neill went to watch him in Bournemouth's 2-2 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Irish Independent

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