IRISH captain Robbie Keane has defiantly revealed that he will be fit in time to lead Ireland in the Euro 2012 play-offs against Estonia next month.
Keane suffered an abductor muscle injury in the 2-0 win away to Andorra earlier this month and it was initially believed he may be out for six weeks, but LA Galaxy's expert medical team are speeding up his recovery.
The 31-year-old believes he will be ready to travel to Tallinn for the first leg on November 11, handing Giovanni Trapattoni a massive boost. "I'm very happy with the way things are going with my injury. I really think I can make it for the first leg," he said.
"I will be having a further scan on the injury as a further progress check, but right now, the way things are looking, I'm going to be available for both games."
The Tallaght native may even make it back in time to play some part in LA Galaxy's play-off semi-finals, which take place on October 29 and November 6.
"Robbie is making very good progress," Galaxy boss Bruce Arena said. "We have no specific time scale yet because he continues to have treatment but we are very hopeful that he is going to make it, if not for the first play-off game certainly the second."
Keane has only managed five games for the Galaxy since his move from Tottenham at the tail-end of the transfer window, scoring three goals, and is anxious to start settling down and enjoying life in California.
"I'm obviously sill getting to know the place but even with this injury problem I'm starting to feel at home and relaxed here," he added.
George nets two for Celts at City
IRELAND U-19 international Paul George scored twice last night as Celtic won 4-2 at Manchester City in the Next Gen Series.
The competition is run along the similar lines as the Champions League with the top two sides in each of the four groups going forward to the knock-out stages in Abu Dhabi in January.
Celtic and City had both lost to Barcelona and Marseilles but after winning away from home last night Celtic are back in contention to qualify for the last eight.