Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli believes that Shane Long's failed deadline day transfer will not affect the player's performance against Sweden on Friday.
Long had been allowed leave the Ireland camp on Monday in order to sort out his future after West Bromwich Albion accepted a £5 million bid from Hull City for the striker. However, the 26-year-old returned to training on Tuesday still under contract with the Baggies after the move collapsed.
Speaking after a training session in glorious sunshine at Malahide, Tardelli set out his belief that the player would not be fazed by the developments. “Obviously we have a problem, because in his mind, something happens, but he is a professional," Tardelli admitted. "We have three days and I think he will be fit for the match.”
James McCarthy was also given permission to join up late with the squad, and sealed a £13 million transfer from Wigan Athletic to Everton on Monday evening. The move has been praised by Tardelli, who believes that it will help the 22-year-old advance his career. "It will decide whether he will progress or not as a player, and I think James has the possibility to become a very good player," Tardelli claimed.
Aidan McGeady is the most notable absentee for Friday's World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium, but Tardelli said that his injury would not force the Irish management into any tactical changes. "We play in the same style but McGeady is a good player for us and we are unhappy he is missing for us," said the former Juventus midfielder.
Tuesday's training session passed off without any fresh injury concerns, Marc Wilson was the only notable absentee due to an on-going ankle injury, while goalkeeping duo Darren Randolph and Millwall’s David Forde were having a separate gym session.
The training consisted of a half hour 10 versus 10 match; Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, John O’Shea and James McCarthy were among those wearing the bibs. Their number also included a clearly energised Anthony Pilkington, whose keen tackling suggested an enthusiasm to make up for lost time at the sixth time of asking for his Ireland call-up.
The non-bibs included Conor Sammon, who scored twice, Richard Dunne, back in the picture after his long injury saga, Pilkington’s team mate Wes Hoolahan, captain Robbie Keane, and Shane Long.
The Republic of Ireland face Sweden at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, September 6.