ROBBIE KEANE LOOKS set to miss tomorrow night’s crunch Euro 2012 qualifier with Armenia at the Aviva Stadium having missed training this morning in Malahide.
The Ireland skipper is a serious doubt because of an abductor muscle injury but manager Giovanni Trapattoni said he’d give the country’s record goal-scorer every opportunity to make it.
It looks, however, like management have accepted they must plan without the LA Galaxy man.
One reader let us know that the Ireland skipper was reportedly entertaining those in Gibneys of Malahide last night as he accompanied local band Loose Change in a rendition of If Tomorrow Never Comes.
A spokesperson for Gibney’s confirmed to TheScore today that Loose Change were, in fact, on the bill last night and Keane is a close friend of two of the band.
So tonight Mathew, Robbie Keane is Mr Garth Brooks.
Giovanni Trapattoni will name his side to face their third-placed rivals this afternoon with Ireland needing a draw to secure a play-off place.
It looks like it will be an unfamiliar strikeforce.
UPDATE 16.12 Trap has indeed confirmed Keane will not line out and the FAI have confirmed the skipper is no longer part of the squad.
“Robbie Keane was released from squad Sunday morning due to injury and is devastated to miss Armenia. Will be there tomorrow to support the lads,” they said.