Keane nursing injury but admits club interest

Keane was on fire for the Galaxy in 2012, scoring 22 times

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has confirmed that a number of clubs are interested in his services during the MLS off-season.

But Keane, who spent January and February with Aston Villa on loan from LA Galaxy, scoring three goals in seven appearances, says he is currently nursing an Achilles injury.

He said: “I am going to rest up and get ready for next season with the Galaxy, I haven’t even thought about taking up with any other teams, I have a few little niggles that I have to sort out before I even contemplate making any decisions.

“There has been a lot of speculation and a few clubs are interested but it wouldn't be right for me to go anywhere if I wasn’t 100% fit and ready.

"I don’t have any major problems, just an Achilles injury, but if that isn’t right, I won’t be going anywhere.”

"A few clubs are interested but it wouldn’t be right for me to go anywhere if I wasn’t 100% fit" - Robbie Keane

Ireland face Sweden and Austria in March, a double header that will go a long way in determining the side’s Group C fate.

And Keane, in line with manager Giovanni Trapattoni, has targeted second place. 

“2013 is going to be a big year for Ireland in March - two very important games,” he said.

“They will dictate where the teams will go so we look forward to it and hopefully it’ll be a lucky year for us.

"Sweden and Austria are the two teams that are going to be around us. I didn’t see the game but I heard Sweden were very good against England but I think they are similar to us, not too many differences.

“When you look at Germany, it’s fair to say, they will win the group and it’s up to us to finish second as we always do and go into a play off.

"We are still in with a shout but these two games are a make or break but we have as much chance as anyone else.”

The 32-year-old, who was speaking in Dublin today as part of Three's Bringing Everyone Closer campaign, picked up his second MLS Cup this month after scoring a penalty in the California’s team’s 3-1 win over Houston on 1 December. 

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