Keane emerges as injury doubt

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Updated: October 8, 2011

Robbie Keane has emerged as a major doubt for the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia on Tuesday evening.

Keane, who played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Andorra, was sent for a scan after complaining of soreness in his abductor muscle following his return Andorra, although manager Giovanni Trapattoni was quick to play the seriousness of the injury suggested that was precautionary.

However, the FAI have confirmed that the LA Galaxy forward is a major doubt the crucial winner takes all clash with the Armenian’s.

A spokesman said: “Following a medical update after training, Giovanni Trapattoni has said that Robbie Keane is a strong doubt ahead of Tuesday’s match against Armenia.”

Should Keane miss out on the game from which Ireland need just a point to claim a play-off place then it is expected that West Brom striker Shane Long will come into the side to partner Kevin Doyle up front.

Wolves striker Doyle, looked to be back to his best against the Andorran’s scoring the opening goal, while Stoke striker Jonathan Walters also linked up with the squad on Saturday after recovering from an ankle injury.

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