Ireland’s national football adviser and ex-England manager, Sir Bobby Robson, is recovering from a minor operation to repair damage to a lung caused after a skiing accident.

“The operation was very successful and it is expected that Sir Bobby will spend a short time recuperating,” the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said in a statement.

“Speaking from Newcastle, Sir Bobby said that he was feeling well and looking forward to getting back to work with Stephen Staunton and the squad as soon as possible.”

“The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that Sir Bobby is still hopeful of travelling to Portugal as part of the senior international squad’s training camp in May,” the FAI said.

Robson, consultant to Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton, underwent surgery on Saturday.

Staunton said: “Knowing Sir Bobby as I do he will be back and fighting fit in no time.”

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