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Sunday 23 September 2018

'Arter will end exile'

Harry Arter
Harry Arter

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock expects Harry Arter to patch up his differences with Roy Keane and play for the Republic of Ireland again.

A leaked WhatsApp message, spoken by Burnley's Stephen Ward, detailed the bust-up between on-loan Cardiff midfielder Arter and Jonathan Walters and Republic assistant manager Keane.

Arter declared himself unavailable for recent games against Wales and Poland but Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is hoping for a reconciliation between the player and his deputy.

"Harry loves his country and wants to play for them again," said Warnock, who spoke to Arter about the incident.

"Martin doesn't need me to tell him that Harry's a good player to have in the squad. I'm sure Martin will get this sorted in the next few weeks." In the leaked audio, Ward says Keane had accused Arter and Walters of not doing enough training while the pair were relaxing and icing their legs.

Keane also allegedly targeted Arter in a foul-mouthed outburst, claiming the 28-year-old did not want to train.

Arter and Walters supposedly told Keane that they "could not train three days in-a-row" because they were carrying injuries and that O'Neill was aware of the situation.

"The one thing you can't complain about Harry is training," Warnock added.

"He trains too much and I have to curb him at times because he trains like he plays.''

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