O'Neill expects Coleman to be fit to face Georgia

Martin O'Neill spoke to the media after training on Sunday
Martin O'Neill spoke to the media after training on Sunday

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill expects Seamus Coleman to be fit to face Georgia on Monday after the full-back sat out Friday's game against Gibraltar with a tight hamstring.

Coleman trained at Abbotstown on Sunday morning and should be available to replace Cyrus Christie, who scored the opening goal at the Estadio Algarve.

O'Neill said: "Seamus has done a little bit (on Sunday). He's feeling much, much better and at this moment, it looks as if he's going to be okay.

"Cyrus did brilliantly, really brilliantly, for us. He got the important first goal, obviously had a big moment just before half-time when he back-headed one that could have been very, very dangerous for us.

"But I think think if Seamus, as seems, is fit, Seamus would play. Cyrus is great - he's got a good future ahead of him - but Seamus is a real quality player."


Captain Robbie Keane believes Ireland are back in with a big chance of qualifying for Euro 2016 if they beat Georgia.

Keane said: "We put pressure on ourselves anyway from the start of campaign. We are quite capable of qualifying out of this group, so the players are well aware that the pressure has always been on from the start, so I don't think it's changed us too much as a group of players.

"It's a must-win game, there's no question. It's a massive, massive game. But all we can do is be prepared right for it, and, since the first day we walked in through this door, the players have been ready."