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Whelan to shrug off injury for Euro date

IRELAND star Glenn Whelan says he expects to be fit for the opening game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers in Georgia in just 12 days' time even though he picked up an injury in front of the watching Martin O'Neill yesterday.

Whelan was substituted due to an ankle injury five minutes before half time in Stoke City's 1-1 draw away to Hull City, a game where O'Neill got to see five of his players in action (Stephen Quinn, Paul McShane, David Meyler, Marc Wilson and Whelan).

The Ireland squad report to Dublin next Sunday to prepare for the Oman friendly, a warm-up for that vital game in Tbilisi, but while Whelan is a concern for the Irish boss and needs assessment at his club today, he is confident.

"I will have a scan on Monday but I am hoping it's not too bad," Whelan told The Herald last night.

"I went over on my ankle early in the game, I tried to run it off but it was too painful."

O'Neill is keen to have Whelan's experience on hand for that test in Georgia.

There were some positive for the Ireland boss from the weekend action, Seamus Coleman scoring for Everton and Damien Delaney returning to the Crystal Palace side but Robbie Brady, Ciaran Clark, Darron Gibson, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Kelly and James McClean were not even on the bench for their clubs.