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Sunday 4 December 2016

Robbie Keane in race to prove his fitness ahead of Scots clash

Veteran striker has four days to prove his fitness to O’Neill for Scotland match

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane

ROBBIE Keane has four days to prove he is fit enough to lead the line for Ireland in Saturday’s make or break Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium (5pm).

Ireland’s record goalscorer has played just twice in two months and played his first full 90 minutes against Vancouver at the weekend.

Keane joined up with the Ireland squad yesterday and was in Gannon Park this morning for his first training session with a point to prove.

Speculation and the general thrust of Martin O’Neill’s comments today suggest that Keane will not be a starter against Scotland and that the Ireland boss now sees his skipper as an impact substitute.

But Keane has until Saturday morning to convince his international boss that he can make the difference against Gordon Strachan’s men despite lingering concerns about the groin injury which has restricted him so much since April.

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