Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane insists Bournemouth's injured star Harry Arter has an international future.

Arter has Irish future - Keane

Arter has Irish future - Keane

The 26-year-old suffered a thigh injury in training for the Republic and has been ruled out of Euro 2016 in France later this month, but Keane is confident he will be back in the fold in the future.

Keane explained that the Irish could not afford to risk taking too many players carrying injuries which is why Arter was left out.

He said: "There are only so many players you can bring with you who are carrying knocks - and I think Harry's is more than a knock.

"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.

"Anyone here who has played sport, injuries are part and parcel of the game and we had no control.

"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."

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