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Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says he is "concerned" by Jon Walters' latest Achilles injury setback, amid fears the Stoke forward may not feature again at Euro 2016.
Walters, who only secured his place in Ireland's starting line-up against Sweden after coming through a fitness test and a full training session on Saturday, suffered the injury early in the 1-1 draw with Erik Hamren's side at the Stade de France.
The 32-year-old played through the pain before being replaced by James McClean after 64 minutes of the match in Saint-Denis.
Manager O'Neill acknowledged that the Stoke forward may not be fit for the game against Belgium in Bordeaux on Saturday and the final group match against Italy in Lille on Wednesday.
"Jon Walters – it's not great – I would be concerned about him," he said.
felt his Achilles but saw it through – we will check him in the
morning, he is being checked now as we speak, but I would be
Walters himself struck a more optimistic tone after the match, saying he felt pain almost immediately after kick-off but that is was "not as bad as when I first hurt it".
"I sort of felt it I think after one minute and couldn't really sprint or jump so it wasn't great. I just sort of got through hoping that it would settle down," he told RTE.
“In the second half, after a couple of runs, it just tightened up even worse. I think the right thing was to come off and hopefully it will settle down and be okay
"It just depends how it settles down. It's not as bad as when I first hurt it so we'll see. I could play but I was nowhere near 100%, that I felt out there. But before the game, in the training I felt okay."
Manager O'Neill says the players are disappointed that they failed to claim all three points against the Swedes, after dominating the first half and preventing their opponents from landing a shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes.
“We were fantastic, really fantastic. I don’t know how we didn’t come in maybe three in front [at half-time],” he continued.
“The play today was really great.
“Overall, there’s real disappointment in the dressing room that they haven’t taken all three points, they absolutely deserved them.
“Three [points] would have been better than one, but nevertheless, it was a performance to be delighted with.”