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Keane insists he's 'feeling sharp'

GIOVANNI Trapattoni will have his fingers crossed when Robbie Keane once again faces off against Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls in Los Angeles tonight.

Keane's appearance in the MLS play-off first leg in New York proved that the Ireland skipper can still rely on his body to heal quickly.

But Trapattoni will be concerned that two games in four days might prove too big a reach for Keane, who is clearly anxious to keep his new employers and his international manager happy.

"I'll be a lot sharper for this one," said Keane. "I reckon I could have played the full 90 on Sunday. I feel good and sharp and I've talked to Trap."

If Keane makes it through this game unscathed, it will provide a major boost to Trapattoni, who has already been rocked this week by the news that John O'Shea is unlikely to play any part in the Euro 2012 play-offs against Estonia.

Meanwhile West Brom have confirmed that Shane Long is very unlikely to be fit for either game.

Long, who suffered a knee injury against Aston Villa two weeks ago, has done some light gym work with the Baggies but the club have all but ruled Long out of the play-off.

"I would be very surprised if he is available for the Ireland games. He would have to make a massive recovery in the next week or so," said West Brom coach Michael Appleton today.


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