The Republic of Ireland squad trained again in Dublin earlier as Friday night's sold out World Cup qualifier against Wales edges closer. Martin O'Neill was dealt another injury blow with the news that Daryl Murphy has been ruled out with a calf injury. The Newcastle striker has started some big games in the green jersey under O'Neill and finally got his first international goal in the 2-2 draw away to Serbia at the start of the campaign.
Assistant manager Roy Keane said there's a good chance James McCarthy won't be available for Friday due to a hamstring injury. The Everton midfielder hasn't trained this week and if he doesn't take part in tomorrow's session it's unlikely he'll feature against Wales. Martin O'Neill is already without Wes Hoolahan, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark and Harry Arter through injury while Robbie Brady is suspended. On a more positive note, Seamus Coleman and Jonny Hayes are set to return to training tomorrow after both sat out today's session as a precaution to recover from knocks to the ankle.
Chris Coleman and Wales have no such problems and no surprise a lot of the talk this week has been about Gareth Bale. The 27 year returned to first team action with Real Madrid last month despite suffering an ankle injury towards the end of November. At one stage it had looked like the Welsh would be without their star man for Friday's qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.
This is what Roy Keane had to say when asked about the Real Madrid man today: