Keane to miss England and Georgia matches

Republic of Ireland striker can not secure release from LA Galaxy

Robbie Keane and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robbie Keane and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wed, May 22, 2013, 11:06

The FAI has announced that Robbie Keane will be unable to join up with the squad for the matches against England (Wembley, May 29th) and Georgia (Aviva Stadium, June 2nd) because of club commitments with LA Galaxy.

Both matches fall outside the FIFA international window and although the player very much wanted to travel for the fixtures, he will be unable to do so because of club matches in the US.

Robbie will now join up with the squad ahead of the World Cup qualification match in Dublin against the Faroe Islands and the friendly against Spain in New York.