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Published: 14:45 | 17/4/16

Arter knows time is running out

Ireland midfielder not expected to play for Bournemouth again this season

Harry Arter admits he faces a struggle to secure a place in Martin O'Neill's 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016.

The Bournemouth midfielder suffered an Achilles injury in the 3-0 Premier League defeat to Tottenham on 20 March, and withdrew from the Ireland squad for the friendly internationals against Switzerland and Slovakia on 25 and 29 March.

Arter is not expected to feature again for his club this season, and Arter admits that he is relying on a leap of faith from O'Neill for him to make the squad for France

"I don’t need to be told that I am fighting to get one of the last places in the final 23," he told the Sunday World.

"Plenty of players assured of their places and rightly so because they were crucial in getting us to Euro 2016 and the rest of us are just pushing to make the final cut.

"Hopefully the manager and his staff appreciate that I am doing everything I can to get fit for this summer."

Arter says he turned up for the squad meeting ahead of Ireland's March friendlies even though he knew he was not fit enough to play.

"The truth was I could hardly walk on the Achilles and there was never going to be much chance of me playing," he continued.

"I was desperate to get over to Dublin and hope against hope that I would wake up in the team hotel on the first morning of training and there would have been at miraculous recovery.

"The Bournemouth lads that were not involved in international matches headed off on a trip to Dubai as we had a break in the Premier League, but I skipped the trip to show how much I wanted to be a part of the Ireland squad.

"In the end, I couldn’t play. It was a big disappointment, as I knew it could have been a last big chance to try and get into the Euro 2016 squad"

Arter will have an injection this week in a bid to feature in Bournemouth's Premier League run-in at Everton on 30 April, at home to West Brom the week after and the final-day trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on 15 May.

"My aim is to try and play the final two or three Premier League games of the season for Bournemouth see if that is enough to get me a chance with Ireland at the Euros," he said.

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