According to reports in Ireland, Ireland captain, and the countries all-time top scorer, Robbie Keane could be set to miss the European Championships in France this summer.
The Guardian are reporting that Keane has been forced to sit out Ireland’s final Euro 2016 warm up game against Belarus tonight – and boss Martin O’Neill has admitted that the veteran striker is now a serious concern for the tournament.
O’Neill admitted: “I genuinely don’t know at the moment. He had a little injection to see how it settles down and we will see how he is. Obviously, he would have been coming with us, definitely, as captain of the side but we will see how he is again. As he said himself, he is still pretty upbeat and positive.”
Meanwhile, Marco Reus is definitely OUT of Euro 2016. The German management explained this morning that the Borussia Dortmund midfielder had serious fitness concerns and won’t make the squad.
Reus not able to run straight at the moment.
Must be some very serious fitness problems to leave Marco Reus out of the squad.
— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) May 31, 2016
Keane could join other legends of the game on the sidelines this summer with Vincent Kompany, Marco Verrati and Claudio Marchiso in missing from Group E this summer.
O’Neill has until 11pm tonight to announce his squad.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran