Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni could be without captain and top scorer Robbie Keane for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Austria at the Aviva Stadium after the striker was forced to leave training early this morning with a calf injury.
The 32-year-old did not p articipate the training session at Malahide as he had to go for a scan to assess the severity of his calf strain. However, Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is hopeful that Keane will be fit for Tuesday's match in Dublin. “It’s not a problem,” Trapattoni told reporters. “Robbie had a little bit of pain in his calf. The scan will clarify the situation but I think he can play. We wait for the decision after this scan.”
Midfielder Glenn Whelan returned to training after missing Friday evening's 0-0 draw with Sweden in Stockholm, and is back in contention for a starting spot. “Whelan has recovered,” Trapattoni said. “He trained without problem and will be ready for the game.”