30.05.2016 22:15 h

Keane faces Euro fitness race after injury blow

Robbie Keane faces a nervous wait to see if he will make the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2017 squad after being ruled out of their final warm-up game through injury.

Republic captain Keane damaged a calf muscle on Saturday and could only watch his team-mates from the sidelines as they trained on Monday ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Belarus in Cork.

The 35-year-old striker, who did not play in Ireland's 1-1 draw with Holland on Friday, had an injection to address the problem.

But Martin O'Neill has now decided not to risk former Liverpool star Keane in the Belarus game, which takes place just hours before the Republic manager has to finalise his 23-man squad for the tournament in France.

"We did some training on Saturday morning and he felt his calf at the end of training, so we're just taking it on a daily basis," O'Neill told reporters.

"He won't play tomorrow night in the game. I don't think it's worth risking that. But he is, as he says, a quick healer so we'll see how it goes."

With so little time left before the Republic open their campaign against Sweden in Paris on June 13, any significant damage would make Keane, who is Ireland's scorer with 67 goals, a major doubt.

O'Neill will have to make his decision before 2300 BST on Tuesday, the UEFA deadline for squads to be submitted, but asked about the LA Galaxy forward's chances of making it, he said: "I couldn't say at the moment, but I think he's pretty hopeful.

"He had it scanned and it's hopefully not too serious, but enough to put him in jeopardy for a while, so we'll see how it is. He had an injection this morning and we'll see how it is when it settles down.

"First of all, I'll get a better update when another 24 hours pass. He had an injection this morning, so he wasn't going to participate in any training today anyway. I'll see how he is.

"Again, Robbie is a pretty quick healer - he says that himself. He is the captain of the team, we would want him to be there and there's not much more I can tell you."