REPORTS: Jon Walters set to undergo knee surgery
Jon Walters is set for knee surgery as he bids to be fit for Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign, according to reports on Thursday morning.
The Stoke City striker will miss the rest of the Premier League season as he needs an operation on a troublesome cartilage problem, with a recovery time of between six and eight weeks expected.
The Irish Daily Mail reports that Walters faces a race against time to be fully fit for the start of Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign, which kicks off against Sweden in the Stade de France on Monday, 13 June.
Stoke have yet to confirm the news that the 32-year-old, but journalist Philip Quinn told Newstalk: "I think the full extent of it will become known today when Mark Hughes gives his press conference at Stoke City, they play Swansea this weekend in the Premier League.
"My understanding is that Hughes will confirm that Walters has a knee injury that's more serious than previously thought."
While Walters is expected to have recovered from the surgery in time for the start of the tournament, match fitness could be an issue.
"Walters loves playing, he'd play every day of the week if he could or if there was a match. He'd run through a brick wall for Stoke and for Ireland," Quinn added.
"I think he'll be OK getting to the Euros starting gate. There will be a lack of matches there, but O'Neill will hope the issue will resolve itself quicker rather than later and he might get a game for Stoke before the end of the season.
"As it was a number of years ago, when Giovanni Trapattoni had a number of players who weren't match fit so had to take a chance on them. O'Neill certainly won't want to take a chance of Walters."