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Pilkington out for Ireland

Norwich forward Anthony Pilkington has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming games against England, Georgia, the Faroe Islands and Spain.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 16:57 Post Comment

Anthony Pilkington: Norwich forward has pulled out of Republic of Ireland squad

Anthony Pilkington: Norwich forward has pulled out of Republic of Ireland squad

Norwich's medical team withdrew Pilkington from Giovanni Trapattoni's squad to allow him sufficient time to recover from a knee injury.

The 24-year-old had been picked in the squad to face England at Wembley on May 29, Georgia in a friendly on June 2, the World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands on June 7, and the trip to face Spain in New York on June 11.

Pilkington said: "The (Norwich) management and the physio have pulled me out.

"I have been struggling with my knee so I need to get treatment through the summer and an extra four games is not going to help me through pre-season.

"I need a rest and I need the treatment that I am going to be getting through the summer in the off season, so hopefully I can put that behind me and come back pre-season 100% fit.

"It is unfortunate these injuries have popped up at the worst times for me, but like I say, I have got to put that behind me now, get right for next season and then hopefully see if I can get back in the (Ireland) squad.

"It wouldn't be right for me to go away and then come back in pre-season struggling."

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