Saturday 17 March 2018

Robbie Keane's Euro 2016 place under threat as injury denies striker home send-off

Damian Spellman

Robbie Keane is out of the Republic of Ireland's final warm-up game against Belarus after damaging a calf muscle in training.

Manager Martin O'Neill confirmed on Monday evening after the rest of the squad had trained at Turner's Cross in Cork that the LA Galaxy striker had been given an injection and would not be involved in Tuesday night's game.

The injury will come as a disappointment to Keane, with the veteran striker reportedly unhappy with being an unused substitute against the Netherlands on Friday night in what could have been his last game at the Aviva Stadium.

However, Keane is yet to be ruled out of the squad for the Euro 2016 finals, which will be submitted shortly after the final whistle.

Read more: Robbie Keane to miss the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Belarus

James McCarthy was able to train with the physios, but Harry Arter limped out with a thigh problem and is to undergo a scan.

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