Sunday 4 December 2016

Ireland sweat on Harry Arter scan as injury problems mount

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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