Saturday 22 October 2016

Seamus Coleman ruled out of Germany clash

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane wiith Seamus Coleman during squad training
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane wiith Seamus Coleman during squad training
Séamus Coleman

Seamus Coleman has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's clash with Germany tomorrow evening.

However, it is believed that the Everton defender will be available for the clash with Poland on Sunday evening.

Yesterday it had been hoped that Coleman was winning his battle for fitness ahead of the crunch Group D clash at the Aviva.

Assistant boss Roy Keane had offered some encouraging news about Séamus Coleman's progress and has not ruled him out of tomorrow's Euro 2016 clash with Germany at the Aviva.

But Keane all but ruled Marc Wilson out of the game against the World Champions although he does expect the Stoke utility man to be ready for Warsaw on Sunday.

"Séamus didn't train, Wes didn't train and Doyler came in this morning and we're still waiting on Robbie," was Keane's squad initial bulletin.

"We're still waiting on Wilson. I think he's had an injection at his club so we'll see over the next 24 hours. It's a bit up in the air with three or four players and it's not ideal," said Keane.

Asked whether Wilson was more likely an option for Poland than Germany, Keane agreed. "Possibly so, yes. If the lads don't train today. It's not so bad with one or two carrying knocks who have been playing regularly. Another 24 hours will be important and ideally you want your lads to train," said Keane.

"It will be a case of wait to see what happens over the next 24 hours."

Keane's report on Wes Hoolahan suggested that rest will work wonders and that he will be fit to start against Germany. "He got a knock on the heel at the weekend. It's bruised and it's sore," said Keane. "He's had a scan and he's fine. It's a case of resting. It can be a sore injury, there's no doubt about that."

Keane gave what can only be described as an upbeat assessment of Coleman's condition .

"I've not had any feed back about what he did today but they were very pleased with how he went on the first day. But again, how pleased can you be when you're sitting out and not involved in the training," said the Ireland No. 2.

"Another 24 might be vital for Séamus," he added. "But Thursday is coming quick."

Asked whether Roberto Martinez and Everton are in the loop regarding Coleman, Keane gave a terse reply.

"Of course, there's always dialogue with Everton," he said.

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