Stoke City: Jon Walters suffers injury scare on Republic of Ireland duty
STOKE City striker Jon Walters has suffered an ankle injury scare while training with the Republic of Ireland.
Walters hobbled off the pitch in Dublin yesterday after he was hurt in a collision with West Brom striker Shane Long.
He required treatment on the pitch, but was eventually able to walk to the team bus as he and the rest of the squad headed back to the hotel.
"It's a bit of a bang. He sort of stepped across the ball and Shane Long came in and hit the nerves on the outside of the leg, so it's really just an impact injury," explained goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly.
"I think he'll be okay. It's not a twist or anything like that, just an impact injury.
"After the initial burning went, he got up and got on with it. He's a tough lad, Jon.
"Obviously after something like that, he would be assessed, but he was okay. Just talking to him there, he seemed to be getting over the initial shock of it, really."
Walters will be further assessed today although the Republic of Ireland staff are hopeful there will be no serious damage.
The striker had sat out Monday's training session with a back problem.
However, midfielder Glenn Whelan was able to train with Ireland yesterday after missing Monday's session with the ankle injury he suffered in Stoke's game against West Brom on Saturday.
Ireland continue their World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday when they are away to Sweden.
STOKE midfielder Matthew Lund has extended his initial one-month loan spell at Southend United until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Crewe, has played eight times and scored once since moving to Roots Hall last month.