Monday 24 April 2017

'He didn't have the baby, did he? Unless Robbie Keane is breastfeeding, he'll be fine', reveals Roy Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press briefing
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press briefing
Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland, reacts to a missed chance
Robbie Keane's son Robert Jr, right, has a new baby brother

Roy Keane gave a typically terse answer when asked whether the birth of Robbie Keane’s son on Monday night would prevent the striker from featuring in Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Germany and Poland.

In good form pitch side at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown, the assistant manager looked incredulous when it was suggested the recent arrival in the Keane family would be a sufficient reason for the captain to sit out the vital Group D clash with the world champions at the Aviva on Thursday.

Robbie Keane has apparently already departed Los Angeles for Dublin.

“Why wouldn’t he be? He didn’t have the baby, did he?” said the former Manchester United captain. “Unless he’s breastfeeding. Robbie’s had a game and has been travelling.”


On a more a serious note, Wes Hoolahan sat out training after he sustained a bruised heel during Norwich’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Keane admitted that the playmaker will be assessed over the next day before any decision is made on his eligibility for selection.

“Wes didn’t train, he’s obviously carrying a knock, so we’ll play by it ear over the next couple of days.

“I think he got a knock on his heel from the weekend and it’s sore. The fact that he didn’t train today will tell you it must be sore. So, we’ll see how that goes over the next 24 hours,” he said.

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