Assistant Ireland boss, Roy Keane was cagey about Jeff Hendrickâ€™s fitness yesterday as injury concerns mount for Ireland ahead of Saturdayâ€™s crunch World Cup play off in Copenhagen.
Reacting to reports on Tuesday that the Burnley midfielder had been sent for a scan, Keane
told a press conference at FAI headquarters; â€œThereâ€™s no real news on Jeff, obviously he didnâ€™t train today. Iâ€™m personally not overly worried but come Thursday or Friday, we might be”.
Keane claimed that he hadnâ€™t really spoken to Hendrick about the injury but â€œwanted to see how the next few days goâ€.
Jon Walters, James McCarthy, Seanie Maguire and Richard Keogh are already ruled out and Keane added that there are also doubts surrounding Hendrickâ€™s Burnley team mate, left back Stephen Ward, saying that Ward was â€œlooking after his knee a little bit and didnâ€™t train today.â€
With a difficult test facing the team, Keane said that this is what players should be in the game for;
â€œThe players will give everything they can for their country. Thatâ€™s what they’ve done the last three or four years, theyâ€™ve been great to work with. Weâ€™re so near but so far as well, itâ€™s a tough couple of games coming upâ€.
Pressed on how Ireland can stop Denmark playmaker, Spursâ€™ Christian Eriksen, Keane said:
â€œObviously heâ€™s a big player for them. Weâ€™ll hopefully have players in the team whoâ€™ll know what to do. Weâ€™ve come up against some really good players before and weâ€™ve found a way to stop them. You canâ€™t overestimate the opposition and underestimate yourselves.â€
When asked could Ireland now be considered a big game team having previously come up with big results in do or die scenarios, Keane said;
â€œWe know the players can turn up. Weâ€™ve had difficult nights as well, like Serbia recently and Scotland in the last campaign but when thereâ€™s been big questions put to the players theyâ€™ve come up with the answers. Theyâ€™ll need to do that again on Saturdayâ€.