Roy Keane has revealed Stephen Ireland could yet have a Republic of Ireland future - after speaking to his player's 'dead' grandmother
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Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane sat out training on Wednesday morning just two days before the World Cup qualifier in Germany.
The 33-year-old LA Galaxy frontman watched from the sidelines after taking a kick to the ankle.
However, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly later insisted Keane was not a doubt for Friday night's Group C encounter in Cologne.
Darron Gibson is set to end his self-imposed Republic of Ireland exile following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.
Asked about the timing of his decision, the Everton midfielder told the Irish Times: "Obviously because Trapattoni is gone."
– Gibson speaking to the Irish Times.
I never really wanted to make a big deal of it to be honest with you. But after what happened at the Euros, I just felt I couldn't play under him anymore.
I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros [after] not winning a game and not getting on the pitch.
I was playing every week at the time for Everton and we finished in the top six of the Premier League.
Like I said, I didn't want to make a big deal about not playing under him, so I kept myself quiet. But I am available to come back now.
Leeds manager Brian McDermott has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's job.
McDermott, 52, was a leading contender to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni, who ended his five-year tenure by mutual consent on Wednesday.
– Leeds manager Brian McDermott
My reaction is immense pride more than anything. I was sat with my very good friend last night in my flat and we were looking at the Sky Bet odds - Martin O'Neill was top and I was second.
If you consider I've been a manager now at this level for four years and to get to that, for me, there's nothing but pride.
So I'm probably doing something right, which is good, and everybody knows what I feel about Ireland, my family, my history and how important that is to me.
So those would be the words that I would use - incredible pride.
Mick McCarthy could be invited back for a second spell as Republic of Ireland manager after Giovanni Trapattoni's reign ended with World Cup disappointment.
In a radio interview, chief executive John Delaney pinpointed Ipswich manager McCarthy, former Republic midfielder Roy Keane and Northern Irishman Martin O'Neill as potential candidates, together with Leeds boss Brian McDermott and Norwich manager Chris Hughton.
– Chief executive John Delaney.
"It will be interesting to see who puts their best foot forward. I think names like Mick (McCarthy), Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane all come into the pot, Martin O'Neill of course.
Mick has done a very good job for Ireland and in England as well. We have to look at who can get the best out of the players available to us.