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Ireland boss Noel King refuses LA Galaxy request for captain Robbie Keane

Updated: Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 07:38 | Comments

Robbie Keane sat out training today but if expected to be fit to face Germany
Robbie Keane sat out training today but if expected to be fit to face Germany

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Interim Republic of Ireland boss Noel King has rejected a request to release skipper Robbie Keane from his squad after Friday's World Cup qualifier in Germany.

The 33-year-old striker's LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena had asked that the striker be withdrawn from the party to face Kazakhstan in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

However, King politely declined and Keane, who missed training on Wednesday morning with an ankle injury, will remain with his international team-mates for the duration.

An FAI statement said: "The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Noel King has responded this afternoon to the manager of LA Galaxy Bruce Arena to inform him that he has decided not to release Robbie Keane and trusts that he understands the position, having been an international manager himself.

"Bruce Arena had requested that the release of Robbie Keane be considered after the Germany match and before the international match against Kazakhstan in Dublin on 15 October."

Ireland have only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs for next summer's finals in Brazil after defeats by rivals Sweden and Austria last month.

Keane, the Republic's record goalscorer with 60, will take his tally to 131 senior caps if he plays in both games. 

Earlier, Keane watched from the sidelines after taking a kick to the ankle.

However, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly later insisted the former Inter Milan player was not a doubt for Friday night's Group C encounter in Cologne.

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