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Keane raring to return

Robbie Keane has spoken of his frustration at spending the last five weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Keane hit the ground running at West Ham, scoring on his debut, but sustained the injury in training and only made his comeback off the bench in Sunday's defeat at Stoke before scoring in a hour-long appearance in the reserves' 4-2 victory against Newcastle on Tuesday night.

"The injury is fine now," Keane said on West Ham's official website. "It has obviously been frustrating. You come to a new club and you want to play as soon as possible and you get injured. It is nice to get back and be able to get another 60 minutes. I am looking forward now to pushing on."

He added: "It is always nice to score whether it is a reserve game or first-team game but the most important thing for me was getting as many minutes as I could under my belt."

Keane will now hope to continue his recovery by playing in Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia a week on Saturday, and the friendly against Uruguay the following Tuesday.


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