Friday 17 November 2017

Harry Arter joins Jon Walters on list of injury concerns ahead of crunch World Cup qualifiers

Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland during the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Austria and Republic of Ireland at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland during the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Austria and Republic of Ireland at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Bournemouth look set to be without midfielder Harry Arter again because of an Achilles problem for the Premier League match against Leicester.

Dan Gosling is also a doubt after taking a heavy knock towards the end of the defeat at Everton and will be assessed.

Defender Tyrone Mings has a back problem, while forward Callum Wilson has resumed some training following his long-term knee injury.

Meanwhile for Burnley, Jon Walters and Nahki Wells will again sit out Burnley's clash with Everton on Sunday.

Walters continues to struggle with a knee problem while Wells is yet to make his debut for the Clarets because of an ankle injury but is now working with the squad.

The same is true of midfielder Dean Marney, who has been sidelined since January after rupturing knee ligaments.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is closing in on a return from injury and he was controversially included in O’Neill’s Ireland squad for next month’s game against Moldova and Wales earlier this week.

Koeman reminded McCarthy that his responsibilities need to be to his employer, as he was asked whether he will urge the player to put club before country.

“I expect that from every player, not only McCarthy,” he said. “What I expect from every Everton player is don’t take risks when it’s not necessary.

“When it’s the last game of the season, if it’s a play-off game for the season then everybody understands it’s difficult for the player as you stuck in the middle between your country and your football club.

“But still we pay all the salaries to the players. What I expect from the player is always a good communication between them and our medical staff.

“If they call James for the Irish national team, then he needs to go because that is a FIFA rule."

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