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Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny is believed to be back in Ireland after his health scare in Sweden.

The FAI have stayed silent on Kenny's situation following their initial confirmation that he took ill last Wednesday as his U-21 side prepared to fly home from their impressive Euro qualifying win in Kalmar.

A statement released from Abbotstown said Kenny was examined by medics and "decided to stay behind for treatment at a local hospital".

However, the FAI declined requests to provide further details on the nature of Kenny's illness, or on the plans for his return home.

It's understood that a chest complaint is the reason he stayed behind, and the 47-year-old had indicated to friends that all was well and he would be back on Irish soil this week - which has proved to be the case.

There is absolutely no anticipation that the problem will affect preparations for next month's double-header with Italy and Iceland.

And while Kenny needed time to recuperate in Sweden, he's due to get back to work as soon as possible.

He will speak in more detail about the unexpected turn of events in Sweden ahead of the forthcoming games.

Meanwhile, Ireland U-21 star Troy Parrott has travelled to Greece with Spurs for their Champions League opener against Olympiacos tonight.

Irish Independent