Saturday 25 November 2017

Keane vents fury after Trapattoni snubs O'Dea request

Keane: Unhappy
Keane: Unhappy
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROY KEANE has hit out at the FAI and Giovanni Trapattoni, claiming they ignored a request to give defender Darren O'Dea just 45 minutes of action in Wednesday's friendly with Norway.

The Celtic defender is currently on loan at Ipswich and the Aviva Stadium encounter marked his return from a six-week lay-off.

Keane and his staff were satisfied that the game provided O'Dea with a chance to return, but had asked that he play just one half.

Therefore, the Corkman is furious that O'Dea continued until the 67th minute when he was forced off with a hamstring complaint that could halt his comeback at club level.

"Things aren't going our way and people are taking the mick out of us. We're not happy on that side of it," said Keane yesterday.

"We have a player who hasn't played for six weeks and we make a request to Ireland that he has 45 minutes and he ended up playing 67 minutes and coming off with a tight hamstring. No no, we're not happy."

O'Dea benefited from an Irish injury crisis to win his third cap for his country. He has impressed in East Anglia during his temporary switch from Scotland, but this is his second injury setback arising from an international trip.

The Dubliner incurred a setback in training ahead of the trip to Yerevan in September, and Keane was aggrieved that O'Dea ended up making the journey when he wasn't going to be involved.

Once again, he was staggered by a Trapattoni decision on Wednesday night.

"I watched the game and I couldn't believe he came out for the second half," said the former Irish captain, who is under pressure following home defeats to Derby and Barnsley.

"As I said, he's been injured for us for six weeks and we thought if he goes over and gets a half, that's brilliant," said Keane.

"I don't want to stop players going away and playing for their country, but then for them to do that to him... He's been out for six weeks and they probably would have left him on for the 90 unless his hamstring tightened up.

"But that's what you have to put up with sometimes and we're not happy with that," concluded Keane.

Irish Independent

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