Germany v Rep of Ireland preview

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane is a doubt for Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Germany in Group C.

Last Updated: 10/10/13 at 21:34

Robbie Keane: Is nursing an ankle problem

Robbie Keane: Is nursing an ankle problem

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 33-year-old injured his ankle on Tuesday and sat out training at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Thursday evening.

Interim boss Noel King says he will leave it until matchday before making a final decision on Keane's participation.

"He has a bit of an ankle problem," said King. "He's not training tonight, we will leave him out as a precaution, and we will make a decision in the morning about him."

Earlier in the week, King announced that he had turned down a request from Keane's club manager at LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena, for the player to return early.

The Galaxy boss had asked if Keane might be released after the Germany match but King has decided the player will remain with the squad for next Tuesday's game at home to Kazakhstan.

King will be without suspended duo John O'Shea and Richard Dunne for the clash against group leaders Germany, with Sean St Ledger and Ciaran Clark set to deputise in central defence.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Premier League: Tottenham's Christian Eriksen secures dramatic win at Hull

Christian Eriksen snatched a late winner as Tottenham fought back to claim a 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull.

Premier League: Crystal Palace come from behind to stun Liverpool

Liverpool endured another forgettable afternoon at Selhurst Park on Sunday as they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Hull boss Steve Bruce on red card

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Hull boss Steve Bruce's opinion on Gaston Ramirez's red card.

Mail Box

Oh Arsenal. Why Oh Why Oh Effing Why?

We have plenty of fallout from Arsenal's latest display of outrageous incompetence, plus the question of why every team seems to be getting worse. Plus, another Garcia ghost goal...

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property