Saturday 20 January 2018

Martin O'Neill confirms Harry Arter will be available for World Cup qualifier with Austria

Harry Arter of Ireland
Harry Arter of Ireland
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Harry Arter is fit to report for international duty ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Austria.

Arter missed Bournemouth's last game of the season with a leg injury and that raised fears that it could impact on his involvement in the Irish summer gathering. He was also playing with ankle and achilles problems in the final weeks of his club campaign.

But O'Neill says that the Premier League regular will join up with the group upon their return from the USA.

Ireland play Uruguay in a friendly on Sunday and then have a week to prepare for the Austrian match.

"He was always going to miss the last game of the season, I think he was getting over some things," said O'Neill after Ireland's training session in New Jersey ahead of Thursday night's friendly with Mexico.

The Derryman confirmed that Reading's Liam Kelly would not be joining up with squad later in the week after the pain of his club's play-off final defeat to Huddersfield.

He will have to wait to gain his first Irish cap with the manager looking at the Uruguay game as an opportunity to concentrate on players that will be involved against the Austrians.

O'Neill indicated that provisional panel members Marc Wilson and Darron Gibson will not be required unless he suffers injuries.

"Once we finish this game, we'll see how people come through," he said.

"Obviously Wilson is great as a person but he hasn't played that much. That's the point. We do have some boys who have played more games at this minute and that might become important in the middle of June when you haven't played a long time.

"Darron is the same. I wouldn't dismiss people from my thought but it's just the number of minutes."

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