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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Keane to make up for miss

GIOVANNI Trapattoni is now sweating over the fitness of both Shane Long and Kevin Doyle for Tuesday's Euro 2012 showdown in Moscow, which means Robbie Keane will have to put aside his miss against Slovakia as the striking duties could rest solely on him in Moscow.





“The scan shows us that there is a little bit of blood. We must wait and see,” said Trapattoni after the game about West Brom striker Long. “Doyle was out for a month with a knee injury. His condition is not 100%,” added Trap, who has no plans to send for back-up. Scans revealed that Long has some bleeding from a tear in a calf muscle while Doyle was clearly struggling before he was called ashore by Trapattoni during last night's scoreless draw at the Aviva. Both men will be monitored closely and a decision on their fitness made before the team flies to Russia tomorrow.



Ireland have to make at least one change for the trip to Moscow as Sean St Ledger is suspended, with Leeds United's Darren O'Dea likely to fill in at centre-half, unless Trapattoni shifts his back four around and moves John O'Shea from right back to central defence. Trap is now reduced to two fit strikers – Keane and Simon Cox – with Keane fluffing a simple header to grab all three points. Meanwhile, Glenn Whelan says that Ireland now have to take the hard road to Poland and Ukraine to try and save hopes of qualification after last night's disappointing 0- 0 draw at home last night. “We'll have to do things the hard way now,” Whelan said. “But if we can get a good result against Russia we're back in the thick of things.”



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