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Friday 9 December 2016

Hoolahan can cope with back-to-back fixtures

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan

Roy Keane has no concerns about Wes Hoolahan's ability to play two games in quick succession but has cautioned everyone to wait until the first-leg is over before making any plans for the Aviva.

"Wes had a knock. It was about being fit to start. It was more an injury issue. I don't think getting through two games is a problem for Wes," he said.

"What age is he 33?. Is he that age? He looks younger," said Keane laughing. "Sometimes a player gets labelled with that (not able to play back-to-back). We've not discussed it.

"We'll know better after Friday night's game. I was talking about taking your eye off the ball. There's no point talking about Wes Hoolahan, Clarkey, Meyler getting through two games. Get through the first one."

Keane also tipped Ireland's other ageing warrior, Robbie Keane, for a key role in the play-off games.

"Robbie is a great example to a lot of our players, particularly the strikers. People will ask about the last players to leave the training ground but Robbie is one of those lads who likes to stay behind and get his finishing in," claimed Ireland's assistant boss.

"You know about Robbie - he likes putting the ball in the back of the net and he's got a really good habit of doing it.

"Robbie will have a part to play this weekend, absolutely," he added.

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