Republic of Ireland team captain, Seamus Coleman, is fighting to prove his fitness ahead of Monday night’s Euro 2024 qualifier against France. The 34-year-old Everton defender had reported for international duty with a slight thigh strain. Manager Stephen Kenny has admitted that there is a possibility that he might not be able to play in the game at the Aviva Stadium.
At his pre-match press conference on Sunday afternoon, Kenny said, “No, he is not ruled out. We will have to see how today goes. We train today.” Coleman was seen later joining his team-mates on the training pitch under grey skies at Abbotstown. However, his participation is still uncertain.
When asked about the chances of a key player being fit, Kenny added, “We have to see on that today and see how it goes. Seamus is a very good player. It’s not so much his experience, it’s that he’s playing well himself at the moment. Experience is a factor, but his performances for Everton have been very good. For footballing reasons, he merits his place in the team because he has been playing very well for Everton and his performances have been injury-free.”
Meanwhile, left wing-back Callum O’Dowda picked up a groin injury during Wednesday night’s 3-2 friendly victory over Latvia. While he is yet to be ruled out, Preston’s Robbie Brady has been called up as cover.
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