Keane to rest before Euros

Updated: December 9, 2011

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has rejected the notion of going to the UK to play during the MLS off-season, according to reports from California.

Keane has stated that he is glad to get a rest and that he will take full advantage of that in the coming weeks.

“It would be stupid to go anywhere to play for a couple of weeks off,” he said. “It’s been a tough schedule for me for the last three months, doing a lot of traveling once a month since I’ve been here.”

Indeed, Keane believes that the rest will leave him reinvigorated by the time the European Championships come around.

“That’s the reason why I’m going to take the rest off now,” Keane said. “I’ve been getting a few phone calls from various clubs, but I’ll take this time off now to rest. I’ll be only a few months into the season, so I should be fit [for the Euros], where the lads back in the UK have a long, long season ahead of them without any rest.”

The former Tottenham Hotspur talisman also stressed that he would use his time off in the same way he would were he playing in the UK, that is, use it to recover from the physical demands of the game.

“I’ll just do exactly what I do in the offseason if I was in England,” Keane said. “I’ll take these weeks to relax. I feel it a little bit, I feel a few niggles here and there. I’ll take a good few weeks off and look forward to getting back.”

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