Saturday 7 December 2019

WATCH: Martin O'Neill explains decision to cancel training so close to Swedish encounter

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with the media after a training session at the Stade de Montbauron, Versailles yesterday
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks with the media after a training session at the Stade de Montbauron, Versailles yesterday
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that he cancelled today's training session in Versailles to mirror the typical preparation the players would go through at club level.

The decision to opt out of the session was relayed to the media last night.

The squad did travel to the training pitch at Stade de Montbauron but it was just for a stroll.

"We'd a day off today. What we decided with the medical staff was that we would try and keep it as close to what the boys would be preparing for club football," O'Neill told FAI TV

"With Monday's game in mind, we'll train a couple of days beforehand.

"Although we climbed on the bus and went down to the training ground, it was really just a walk."

The Derry native gave an update on Ireland's injury concerns and admitted that it's a waiting game with Jon Walters achilles problem.

"The medical staff are saying to leave Jon Walters as he is at this minute and let's see how he is tomorrow from the training he did and let's see if there is a reaction from yesterday's training.

"The rest of the boys... I think they've recovered reasonably well."

On the availability of James McCarthy and Robbie Keane: "Fingers crossed, it's looking more positive than let's say six or seven days ago.

"Robbie, himself, said he was a quick healer and is doing fine at the moment and I think there has been very little reaction to the training James has done."

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