Roy Keane reveals 'unfortunate' Harry Arter forced to return to Bournemouth
Harry Arter will play no part in the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia, having failed to recover from an Achilles injury sustained over the weekend.
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane revealed today that Arter has returned to Bournemouth to receive treatment for the issue that he suffered during the Cherries’ 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.
However, Keane insisted that the 26-year-old will still be given the opportunity to stake his claim for a place in Martin O’Neill’s Euro 2016 squad during May’s friendly against Holland.
Arter, who has played a prominent role in Bournemouth easily avoiding the pitfalls of battling for survival in the Premier League following promotion from the Championship, never featured during the qualification campaign but would have almost certainly added to his sole international cap over the next week.
“Harry has obviously gone back,” Keane said at Abbotstown. “You obviously wouldn’t take a chance with any player and, to be fair, he came over yesterday after he was struggling against Tottenham and like with any friendly game, you wouldn’t take risks.
“It’s unfortunate because I’m sure he’s desperate to get one or two games under his belt but he’s playing most weeks for Bournemouth. It’s disappointing but it’s part of the game but hopefully he’ll have a chance to get involved for the Dutch game.
“It’s not the end of the world and there won’t be any doors shut on him because he has the benefit of playing most weeks, and more importantly we’re hoping it’s not a serious injury.”
Meanwhile, a number of players sat out today’s training, including Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick, who is likely to return to Derby County imminently.
Keane expects Brady to be recovered in time for Friday’s game against the Swiss but the issue will not be forced for the sake of the player and bigger tasks in the near future.
“We trained today, but we’ve got a few days to play with and there’s no point in taking a risk with him (Brady). A few boys sat out; John, Robbie and Shane, who played at the weekend, but it’s no big deal.
“Robbie Brady is a tough kid and I expect him to be ready for Friday, if not, you don’t want to take any chances.”
“Jeff is struggling, he had a fall at the weekend. He’s had previous problems with his shoulder and might be looking at going back to Derby to get it properly looked at.”