Saturday 27 December 2014

Keane puts feet up after going under knife to fix Achilles problems

Published 28/11/2013 | 22:27

Robbie Keane goes under the surgeon's knife
Surgeons work to correct Robbie Keane's Achilles problems
Robbie Keane's bandaged feet after the operation

ROBBIE KEANE went under the knife in London yesterday to correct Achilles problems that have dogged him for the past two years.

A picture posted on the Ireland captain's Facebook page shows that he was awake during surgery. The 33-year-old said last week that his left Achilles had caused him particular difficulty, but he ended up receiving treatment for his right Achilles as well after receiving expert advice from a Swedish specialist.

Keane, who recently agreed a new deal with LA Galaxy, will rest up in Dublin over Christmas with a view to starting his coaching badges under the watch of the FAI in January.

The need to sort out his recurring injury problems ruled out the possibility of a loan switch to the Premier League this winter.

Prior to his operation, the Tallaght man said that he was looking forward to getting his Achilles issues "sorted once and for all and coming back even stronger."

He has stressed his determination to play into his late thirties and intends to play a full part in the Euro 2016 qualifiers under Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane -- although Ireland's record goalscorer has said he would have no problem if he was kept in reserve for some games.

Achilles pain forced Keane out of last week's friendly in Poland and he also missed both World Cup qualifiers with Germany and Austria due to minor setbacks.

Irish Independent

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