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Published: 15:14 | 10/6/16

O'Neill issues positive update


Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has delivered an upbeat bulletin on his injury concerns ahead of Monday's Euro 2016 opener against Sweden.

The Boys in Green had been due to train at their Versailles base on Friday morning but O'Neill cancelled the training session in order to give his players a day off to recovery.

O'Neill consulted with the Ireland medical team before making the decision to give his players a rest day.

"We had a day off today. We decided with the medical staff to try and keep as close to what the boys would be used to when preparing for club football and with Monday's game in mind we will train the couple of days beforehand," O'Neill told FAITV on Friday.

"Although we climbed on the bus and went down to the training ground it really was just a walk."

Jonathan Walters returned to light training on Thursday as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury but it is unclear whether he will be fit for the game in Paris.

"The medical staff are saying to just leave Jon Walters as he is at the minute and let's see how he is tomorrow - see from the training he did yesterday if there is any reaction," O'Neill explained.

Robbie Keane (calf) and Robbie Brady (back) both took full part in training on Thursday, while James McCarthy appears to be over the injury that prevented him from featuring in the games against the Netherlands and Slovakia.

When asked if the trio would be available for the Sweden game, O'Neill added: "The rest of the boys I think they have recovered reasonably well.

"Fingers crossed its looking more positive than it did six or seven days ago. Robbie (Keane) himself said he is a quick healer and he is doing fine at the moment.

"I think there has been very little reaction to the training that James has done."

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