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Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane is in a race to be fit for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Austria because of a calf injury.

Last Updated: 24/03/13 at 16:19 Post Comment

Robbie Keane: In a battle to be ready to face the Austrians on Tuesday

Robbie Keane: In a battle to be ready to face the Austrians on Tuesday

The Los Angeles Galaxy striker suffered the knock in Friday's goalless draw in Sweden and is still awaiting news of a scan he received over the weekend.

Keane did attend the training session in Malahide on Sunday morning, but was unable to participate with his team-mates.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni remains hopeful that his experienced captain will be available to lead the team out against the Austrians in Dublin.

The Italian said: "Robbie is having a scan on his calf. He has a little bit of

pain, but the scan will clarify the situation. I think he can play, but we will

wait for the decision after this scan.

"Robbie played very, very well in Sweden and his experience has been important. I think he can be ready."

Midfielder Glenn Whelan, who missed the game in Stockholm with an ankle problem, was able to train.

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