Friday 9 December 2016

Robbie Keane 'concerned' over knee injury that has ruled him out of Slovakia friendly

Published 26/03/2016 | 11:29

Robbie Keane will miss Ireland's friendly with Slovakia due to a knee injury . Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Keane will miss Ireland's friendly with Slovakia due to a knee injury . Photo: Sportsfile
Jon Walters has recovered from a calf strain and will be available for Tuesday's tie against Slovakia.

Robbie Keane will miss Ireland's friendly with Slovakia on Tuesday because of a knee problem that is giving him cause for worry.

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The LA Galaxy striker did not train ahead of last night's win over Switzerland and the initial plan was that he would figure in the second Aviva Stadium friendly.

But he is definitely out with Martin O'Neill indicating that the 35-year-old is slightly worried about facing a spell on the sidelines. The enthusiastic Keane flew straight to Dublin last Sunday after scoring for LA Galaxy in an MLS game with San Jose.

"It feels sore and he wants it looked at," said O'Neill, "I don't want to scaremonger but Robbie is a wee bit concerned."

Ireland are light in the striking department for the Slovakia game with Kevin Doyle sustaining a deep gash on his leg in the Switzerland encounter and his replacement Daryl Murphy leaving the pitch late on with a calf issue.

Jon Walters has shaken off a hamstring issue and O'Neill confirmed he will be available but with Shane Long the only other option in the squad then there is a chance that the 64-year-old might have to call in a replacement.

O'Neill has altered the original schedule for this gathering by giving his players the weekend off after a selected group underwent a light closed doors session this morning.

The squad will not report back to camp until tomorrow evening before training in Abbotstown on Monday morning to prepare for the Slovakian encounter.

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