Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane expected to play against Germany
The Republic of Ireland have played down concerns over Robbie Keane for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Germany.
Last Updated: 10/10/12 6:44pm
The Republic skipper sat out training on Wednesday due to an Achilles injury but assistant manager Marco Tardelli says he will be fit in time to lead the side in Dublin.
The LA Galaxy frontman sustained the knock in a training ground collision with defender Paul McShane but is set to play as a lone striker in the Group C encounter.
Tardelli said: "It's no problem. For Robbie, it's just a knock. Yesterday in training, Paul McShane was very hard.
"Robbie decided to stay and rest because it is better. He needs to recover also after his trip. It's just a knock. I spoke with the doctor and he told me everything is okay."
Keith Andrews was not involved in the latter part of Wednesday's session but Tardelli also insisted there are no worries about the midfielder's fitness.
Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was back on the training pitch after missing Tuesday's session while Conor Clifford worked with his team-mates for the first time.
The Chelsea midfielder was called into the squad on Tuesday evening by Giovanni Trapattoni to boost numbers on the training pitch.