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Friday 9 December 2016

90 minutes for Robbie Keane but LA Galaxy still worried ahead of Scotland clash

ROBBIE Keane's fitness is still a concern ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 date with Scotland, even though the Ireland captain managed to play the full 90 minutes for his club over the weekend.

Martin O'Neill gave Keane permission to miss yesterday's friendly against England in Dublin so he could remain with his MLS club and work on his fitness, as a groin injury had sidelined Keane for seven games.

Keane played for Galaxy in their 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, his first start in over four weeks, and while it was encouraging for O'Neill to see Keane get 90 minutes, Galaxy boss Bruce Arena still has concerns.

"He is just coming back from being away for two months," said Arena. "I think we're doing the best we can; it's been a little bit of a patchwork job in the first half of the season.

"That's unfortunate, but that's the way it goes. He'd probably tell you that the last 20 minutes were pretty rough for him [Keane]. We had to be aggressive with our substitutions to try and get a goal. I decided to keep Robbie out there. It might have been a little too much for him, but it's probably good for him to get the 90 minutes in."

Keane is due to link up with the squad in Dublin today and he may take part in training as he attempts to force his way into the side for the clash with Scotland on Saturday, as Keane was dropped for the away game against the Scots.

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