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Martin O’Neill Delivers Positive Update On Harry Arter Ahead Of Ireland Vs Austria

Martin O'Neill

Ireland face two friendlies in the coming days against Mexico and Uruguay as they prepare for a crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria on Sunday week.

The Boys in Green are half-way through the Group D campaign, as they sit second in the table, level on points with leaders Serbia.

Undoubtedly the standout result of the group so far for Martin O’Neill’s men was the 1-0 away victory in Vienna.

While the tie will be remembered for a creative stroke from Wes Hoolahan and an opportunistic finish by James McClean, it also marked the competitive debut of Harry Arter.

The Bournemouth midfielder has been a doubt for the return leg for a number of weeks however, after he missed the last Premier League game of the season with a leg injury.

Per Dan McDonnell of the Irish Independent, Arter is still very much in the mix and will join the Irish camp upon their return from the US.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Austria's Marcel Sabitzer and Harry Arter of Ireland

This comes as a boost for the Irish midfield, as O’Neill is likely to keep his cards close to his chest until the Austria showdown.

The two friendlies will offer a chance for the management to play around with the system, and also to give players a platform to stake a claim for a starting berth.

David Alaba and Co. are coming to Dublin knowing that anything less than three points would deal their qualification dreams a huge blow.

Meanwhile, a win for Ireland would give them a real lift as the road to Russia begins to turn for the home straight in September.

 

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