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Another badly timed tackle from Keane

What is it about Roy Keane and mistimed tackles? There was the infamous one on Alf-Inge Haaland for which Keane received a three-match ban and a fine. "I lunged for the ball but mistimed the tackle," Roy explained. "I f*****g hit him hard…"

This week, Roy chose to sarcastically complain about his suspicion that Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been over-cautious in withholding James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman from international duty citing ill-founded injury fears. His remarks drew a curt dismissal from Everton chairman Bill Kenwright who said of Keane: "He does say some stupid things."

While Keane's concerns might warrant scrutiny, Roy chose to speak out following an international weekend when a number of high profile players, Manchester United's David De Gea, Michael Carrick and Daley Blind, Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Sunderland's Steven Fletcher, picked up worrying injuries while away from their clubs.

Not for the first time, Roy's enthusiasm and timing let him down.


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