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Boost for Ireland as Walters returns to full training ahead of Euro 2016 opener

The 32-year-old took part in this morning’s session in Versailles from start to finish.

Walters took full part in today's session.
Walters took full part in today's session.
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Ben Blake reports from Versailles

IRELAND HAVE BEEN handed a timely boost just two days out from their first game at the Euro 2016 finals against Sweden.

Jon Walters is the one major injury concern as he has been struggling with tendonitis in his Achilles over the past ten days.

The Stoke City forward trained away from the group in recent days but full took part in a session along with the 22 other players in Versailles this morning.

Martin O’Neill will be hoping Walters comes through unscathed so he has a full bill of health on Monday and the Ireland’s medical staff will  now monitor his reaction to the work-out.

“Jon trained today,” Ireland assistant Roy Keane said during today’s press conference. ”He got through the session from start to finish.

We’ll see over the next 24 hours if there is any sort of reaction.  He finished the session so I’m sure he’ll be delighted and we are. Everyone is available for selection so it’s great news.”

He added: “It was a decent enough session for him, it’s not as if he just walked around. He joined in the full session. Not just Jon but with the other worries over the last couple of days, there were no reactions to Robbie Keane or Robbie Brady’s injuries.

“We could have all the players available for selection, which is good news for the manager.”

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