Faroe Islands v Ireland: Robbie Keane passed fit to travel with squad

Faroe Islands v Ireland: Robbie Keane passed fit to travel with squad for Tuesday's 2014 World Cup qualifier in Torshavn

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Robbie Keane has handed under-pressure Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni a timely boost, with the FAI confirming that the striker has been passed fit to travel to the Faroe Islands ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.

The LA Galaxy striker missed the 6-1 defeat by Germany at the Aviva Stadium on Friday after picking up an Achilles injury following a challenge from Paul McShane in training.

However, the 32-year-old has made the trip with Ireland’s squad to Torshavn and the former Tottenham striker is expected to figure in the World Cup qualifier.

A FAI spokesman said: “Following training this morning in Gannon Park, Robbie Keane has been ruled fit to travel with the squad for Tuesday’s match against the Faroe Islands.

“Andy Keogh suffered a knock to the head in training on Saturday. He was observed overnight by the FAI medical team and has been ruled unfit to travel to the Faroe Islands this afternoon due to mild concussion.”

Meanwhile, Trapattoni urged his players to cut out the errors which have hampered Ireland’s performances in their recent World Cup qualifiers.

“When you fail, it is no good being angry. You have to accept Germany were superior,” Trapattoni said.

“I can talk about the little details – we conceded the first goal because we let a player run in behind.

“In the past, our players have not made these mistakes, but you can forget this and concede a goal.

“I can’t be angry with my players. I have to re-charge the batteries because we need their enthusiasm and their energy for the next game on Tuesday.”

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