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Published: 14:23 | 22/3/16

Arter out of Ireland friendlies

Achilles injury to blame

Harry Arter has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia because of injury.

Arter sustained an Achilles injury during Bournemouth's 3-0 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday but travelled to Dublin to join up with the rest of the Ireland squad.

However, he has failed to recover from the injury and has returned to Bournemouth to receive treatment.

“Harry has obviously gone back. You obviously wouldn’t take a chance with any player and, to be fair, he came over yesterday after he was struggling against Tottenham and like with any friendly game, you wouldn’t take risks," Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane told reporters on Tuesday.

"It’s unfortunate because I’m sure he’s desperate to get one or two games under his belt but he’s playing most weeks for Bournemouth. It’s disappointing but it’s part of the game but hopefully he’ll have a chance to get involved for the Dutch game.

"It’s not the end of the world and there won’t be any doors shut on him because he has the benefit of playing most weeks, and more importantly we’re hoping it’s not a serious injury."

Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick sat out Tuesday's training session but Keane expects Brady to be available for Friday's game at the Aviva Stadium.

“We trained today, but we’ve got a few days to play with and there’s no point in taking a risk with him (Brady). A few boys sat out; John, Robbie and Shane, who played at the weekend, but it’s no big deal," the Corkman stated.

“Robbie Brady is a tough kid and I expect him to be ready for Friday, if not, you don’t want to take any chances.

“Jeff is struggling, he had a fall at the weekend. He’s had previous problems with his shoulder and might be looking at going back to Derby to get it properly looked at.”


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