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Trapattoni to make Sunday call on Robbie Keane's fitness ahead of Faroes clash

The Italian also revealed that he would make two or three changes following the 6-1 defeat to Germany.

Robbie Keane during the National Anthem on Friday.
Robbie Keane during the National Anthem on Friday.
Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI WILL wait until tomorrow before deciding if captain Robbie Keane will travel to the Faroe Islands for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.

Keane sat out Ireland’s night of shame in Dublin as he was ruled out of the embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Germany with an Achilles’ injury aggravated in training earlier this week.

The LA Galaxy striker now faces a race against the clock if he is to be ready to lead the side in Torshavn on Tuesday night.

After tomorrow we can decide,” Trapattoni said when asked if Keane would travel.

The Italian gave a clean bill of health to the rest of the squad, with no fresh injury headaches arising out of the five-goal drubbing in the Aviva Stadium.

Richard Dunne, Kevin Doyle, Sean St Ledger, Glenn Whelan and James McClean all missed out through injury, forcing Trapattoni to field an experimental line-up against the nation ranked second in the world.

Speaking following training in Malahide this afternoon, Trapattoni said that he will make “two, three” changes for the game against the Faroes on Tuesday.

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