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Friday 9 December 2016

o'neill has keane boost

Arter out but Robbie trains with squad

ROBBIE Keane has given Martin O'Neill a boost ahead of Saturday's key Euro 2016 date with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.

The Irish captain, who had been an injury concern due to a recent groin problem, was fit enough to take a full part in this morning's training session in Malahide and Keane, who signed a contract extenstion with LA GAlaxy last night, now hopes to prove his fitness to O'Neill so he can earn a place in the starting XI for the must-win clash with the Scots.

But Bournemouth man Harry Arter, who had an impressive debut against England last Sunday, will play no further part for Ireland as he has a groin injury and has now left the squad.

Keane, who was dropped for the away qualiifer with Scotland but reinstated for the home draw with Poland, missed seven games for his club with a groin complaint but bosses Martin O'Neill and Bruce Arena were relieved to see Keane play 90 minutes against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

O'Neill's big call now is whether to start Keane or use him as an impact sub.

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