Saturday 16 December 2017

Back concern forces Brady to join Walters on easy list

Robbie Brady suffered a back spasm over the weekend Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
Robbie Brady suffered a back spasm over the weekend Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Robbie Brady joined Jon Walters on the sidelines yesterday as the Irish medical team took a cautious approach with two players who should start Monday's opener with Sweden.

Brady suffered a back spasm over the weekend while Walters is still being troubled with Achilles issues.

O'Neill confirmed that the Stoke player will sit out training today and will be assessed when the team get to France, and Brady is also due to miss the final session before the team fly to their Versailles base in the morning.

"Jon is progressing OK. He's feeling a lot better. Again, he won't (train), we'll just see how the week goes with him," said manager O'Neill.

"Both of those players are very important to us. But I think he's definitely feeling better today."

With regard to Brady, O'Neill said: ""It just cropped up. We've got a few days and we should be okay."

On the plus side for the manager, Robbie Keane joined in with the rest of the group at the start of the session although he was wearing strapping as he continues to come back from a calf problem.

The skipper was confined to gym and bike work during the training camp in Cork.

James McCarthy is also much further advanced than he was this time last week.

"James has joined in which is good and Robbie Keane is doing a little bit of extra work on his own but is definitely feeling much better," he said.

"I don't know if Robbie will be available for Sweden, I couldn't tell you but he's improving."

Irish Independent

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