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Saturday 21 October 2017

Stokes gets OK to stay with squad

Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates his goal against Partick Thistle during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Firhill Stadium.
Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates his goal against Partick Thistle during their Scottish Premier League soccer match at Firhill Stadium.

ANTHONY Stokes has been cleared to remain with the Ireland squad for Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Gibraltar.

There were fears that the Celtic man would be forced to withdraw from the Irish squad due to a court date next Friday. Stokes will stand trial for an alleged assault on an Elvis impersonator in June of last year.

He appeared in court in Dublin yesterday and he will now stand trial in Dublin next May in relation to the alleged assault, but yesterday he was remanded on continuing bail and excused from another court appearance later this week because of "work commitments".

Being excused from that court date on Friday of this week has cleared the way for Stokes to stay with the Irish squad and potentially play a part in Saturday's game at home to Gibraltar and also the away game in Germany next Tuesday.

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane are both fond of the Dublin-born striker who made an initial impression in the early days of O'Neill's reign.

Stokes made an appearance as a sub for Ireland in the first game of the new manager's reign as Ireland boss, at home to Latvia last year, and he started in the friendly away to Poland.

Stokes made his senior international debut against San Marino back in 2007 and has been capped eight times.

afitzmaurice@herald.ie

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