ROBBIE KEANE has emerged unscathed from LA Galaxy’s MLS play-off win over New York Red Bulls and Giovanni Trapattoni is praying that his legendary luck holds for another 48 hours.
Keane’s fitness will now be assessed before a decision is made on whether he will play in Sunday’s Western Conference Championship against Real Salt Lake.
Trapattoni had to eat humble pie by calling up Leon Best after West Brom all but ruled Shane Long out of the Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia next week.
Baggies assistant boss Michael Appleton said: “I have seen players come back from injuries ahead of when they are expected to.
“But I would be very surprised if Shane is available for the Ireland game. He will have to make a massive recovery in the next week or so.
” Best’s call-up suggests that Trapattoni does not expect what would clearly be something of a miracle recovery for Long but there is slightly better news on John O’Shea.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has offered a very faint glimmer of hope that O’Shea’s hamstring injury might come right in time for the second game against Estonia at Lansdowne Road.
“He might have a chance for the second one, but the first game will come a bit too quickly for him,” Bruce said.