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Friday 9 December 2016

John O'Shea and Wes Hoolahan fit as Robbie Keane jets in from LA

John O'Shea
John O'Shea

John O'Shea is no longer a worry for Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, who also had good news about Wes Hoolahan's progress.

"John's calf was tightening up - that's been ongoing for some time, but he's been able to deal with it most of the season. He was tightening up and there was no point in us doing any damage to it," said O'Neill.

"Wes did some training there today, which is good. Again I didn't see that as a problem. I was hoping to get him on the field of play on Sunday for about 15 minutes but he has played as many games as anyone.

"He played the play-off match, though he didn't start in the first game against Ipswich, he played about 75 in the second one and he played in the play-off final.

"So he, more than most of the Championship players, has had the games. So he was less of a problem. It would have been nice to have got him on (v England) but he's absolutely fine. In terms of John, he's feeling much better today," he added.

Robbie Keane arrived shortly after yesterday's short training session in Malahide and O'Neill had positive words to say about his well-being too.

"He will be here today. According to my physiotherapist, I think he feels in decent shape," he said.

O'Neill is happy that his focus has reduced to one game and that his players now have one thought.

"I think this week you will see amongst the players that they will be totally focused. Some players here have had a difficult end to the season. Leave their trials and tribulations to one side and concentrate on this game."

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