Thursday 19 October 2017

Seamus Coleman ruled out of Germany clash

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane wiith Seamus Coleman during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane wiith Seamus Coleman during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Tom Rooney

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed that, as expected, Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury will rule him out of tomorrow’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany, though he is confident the full-back will be fit for Sunday’s clash with Poland.

Coleman’s race to be ready for the pivotal tie with the world champions at the Aviva Stadium always felt like a futile endeavour given he hasn’t played since September 21, when he initially sustained the injury playing for Everton against Chelsea.

Like yesterday, the Donegal-native worked away from the larger group during training, and his manager commended him for the dedication he has shown in trying to expedite his recovery for the upcoming Group D games.

“Seamus had a day off because he’s worked exceptionally hard over the last couple of days,” he said. “He’s done really, really well but he will not be in the game, but I expect him to be fully ready for Sunday.”

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On a brighter note, during this morning’s run-out at Abbotstown, Wes Hoolahan showed no ill-effects from the bruised heel which prevented him from taking part yesterday, and O’Neill was notably satisfied by what he saw from the Norwich playmaker.

Captain Robbie Keane, who arrived yesterday from Los Angeles after the birth his son on Monday, also looked sharp and sprightly during an intense possession exercise.

Cyrus Christie has been cleared to play, following a slight niggle, and is likely to deputise for Coleman, as he did for Ireland’s win over Gibraltar last month, though Marc Wilson has remained at Stoke City to receive treatment for a calf strain.

“Wes trained today and he was fine, really fine. Cyrus obviously wants to play and he’s very keen to do so, and he’s fine. The physios have done a little bit of work on his and he’s ready to go,” he said.

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