Tuesday 6 December 2016

VIDEO: 'Unless Robbie is breastfeeding he'll be fine to play against Germany' - Roy Keane

Ireland assistant in fine form ahead of crucial qualifier

Tom Rooney

Published 06/10/2015 | 13:27

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press briefing this morning. Republic of Ireland Press Briefing, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press briefing this morning. Republic of Ireland Press Briefing, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane with Steve Walford, coach, during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Roy Keane gave a typically terse answer when asked whether the birth of Robbie Keane’s son on Monday night would prevent the striker from featuring in Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Germany and Poland.

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In good form pitch side at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown, the assistant manager looked incredulous when it was suggested the recent arrival in the Keane family would be a sufficient reason for the captain to sit out the vital Group D clash with the world champions at the Aviva on Thursday.

Robbie Keane has apparently already departed Los Angeles for Dublin.

“Why wouldn’t he be? He didn’t have the baby, did he?” said the former Manchester United captain. “Unless he’s breastfeeding. Robbie’s had a game and has been travelling.”

Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland, reacts to a missed chance
Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland, reacts to a missed chance

On a more a serious note, Wes Hoolahan sat out training after he sustained a bruised heel during Norwich’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Keane admitted that the playmaker will be assessed over the next day before any decision is made on his eligibility for selection.

“Wes didn’t train, he’s obviously carrying a knock, so we’ll play by it ear over the next couple of days.

“I think he got a knock on his heel from the weekend and it’s sore. The fact that he didn’t train today will tell you it must be sore. So, we’ll see how that goes over the next 24 hours,” he said.

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