Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is giving Jonathan Walters every chance of proving his fitness ahead of Monday’s Euro 2016 opening clash with Sweden.
The Stoke City man completed a very light training session at today’s open day in Versailles, while not taking part in the intense practise game that followed the initial warm-up.
“John trained on his own today, but he is improving every day,” said O’Neill afterwards. “We still have several days, but he is improving.”
The Ireland manager has spoken about players knowing their own bodies and fitness levels over the past few weeks, but O’Neill will leave the Walters injury to the medical staff to decide on the striker’s final fitness.
“Obviously, at some stage, he will have to join in, but we’ll leave that to the medical staff,” confirmed the Derry native.
The Ireland manager recently committed his future to the international side until the next World Cup in 2018, however, it would appear that O’Neill has not actually signed a contract at this stage.
“We have shaken hands and that’s good enough,” confirmed the Ireland manager. “I think John wanted to do that [announcing just ahead of departure to France] and I’m pleased to follow suit.
“It is very important for continuity and gives us a little bit of stability going into the competition.”
Elsewhere in the squad, Robbie Brady and Robbie Keane took part in the full training session and the manager appeared confident that both are approaching full fitness.
“Hopefully they came through it alright; we’ll find out this afternoon,” added O’Neill.
And the manager believes that the entire squad has immediately settled in to their new surroundings, and was also full of praise for the hotel and facilities here in Versailles.
“Everything is excellent,” said O’Neill. “If we fail at this tournament, it won’t be because of the facilities.”
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