Date: 17th June 2016 at 8:18am
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AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has been buoyed by comments from Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.

Keane has backed Cherries midfielder Arter to break his way back into the International fold with the Republic of Ireland after he missed out on the Euro 2016 squad due to injury.

Arter suffered a thigh injury the day before the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Belarus and due to that injury Martin O’Neill opted against including Arter in the squad for the summers European Championships.

The injury set back was yet another disappointment on the pitch for Arter, who over the past 12 months has also struggled with hip and Achilles problems.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane told Sky Sports

‘…It’s disappointing, but Harry is a young player and it’s only a matter of time that he is back in the group for the next campaign…’

‘…I’ve seen him play at club level and he is a good player who can deal with the ball, which really helps in international football because you do get a bit of time.

‘But he’ll be back. It’s not the end of the world for him.’

Those comments have pleased Arter, who told the Daily Echo

‘Roy Keane was someone I grew up admiring as a footballer and I took the things he said as a massive compliment.

‘I took a lot of confidence from that. Hopefully, I can come back to pre-season and do well and be in with a shout for the World Cup qualifiers.

‘In terms of professionalism, no one can say a bad word about Roy Keane. He has achieved everything when it comes to club football.

‘He is probably one of the best midfielders I can remember. When I work alongside him, I take on board everything he says and listen with eager ears.’

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The Alchemist said…

(the injury) supposed to be a minor injury – 10 days or a little more. That being the case, nothing to worry about. The only nagging thing is if the injury to his thigh was caused by him compensating for his other more long term issues he has prizes just by having your say on the articles, polls and forums, click the link to register.

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