Sunday 18 February 2018

Big boost for Martin O'Neill as Jon Walters takes part in training ahead of Georgia trip

Republic of Ireland players, from left, Ciaran Clark, Jonathan Walters and Shane Duffy during squad training at the FAI NTC in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland players, from left, Ciaran Clark, Jonathan Walters and Shane Duffy during squad training at the FAI NTC in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
28 August 2017; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neil speaking to Jon Walters during the Republic of Ireland Squad Training at FAI NTC in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Damian Spellman

Jonathan Walters handed Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill a boost when he joined his team-mates on the training pitch on Wednesday morning.

Walters has not trained fully since joining up with the squad after missing club Burnley's 1-1 draw with Tottenham because of an ankle injury.

He took part in the open part of the session, but will be carefully monitored ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Georgia and Serbia's trip to Dublin next Tuesday.

Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady also trained after being given permission to arrive late following the birth of his son, but club-mate John O'Shea sat out with a tight calf muscle.

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