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O'Neill is praying for McCarthy and Keane to shrug off injury worries

By Damian Spellman

Published 11/06/2016

Fitness race: Republic ace Roy Keane
Fitness race: Republic ace Roy Keane

Martin O'Neill is hopeful of having Robbie Keane and James McCarthy available for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 opener against Sweden on Monday.

Both men were selected in O'Neill's final 23-man squad despite carrying injuries - in Keane's case a calf problem and in McCarthy's a hamstring strain - and neither played in the warm-up games against the Netherlands and Belarus.

However, both took part in training at the Stade de Montbauron in Versailles on Thursday.

O'Neill said: "Fingers crossed. It's looking more positive than about six or seven days ago.

"Robbie himself said that he's a quick healer and I think there's been very little reaction to the training that James has done, so that's a very good sign."

Jonathan Walters remains the only significant injury doubt. O'Neill added: "The medical staff are saying just leave Jon at this minute and see how he is tomorrow, if there was any reaction from yesterday's training."

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