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Connolly is released by Bolton

IRELAND U-21 star Mark Connolly is one of the casualties of Bolton's relegation from the Premier League as Wanderers have released the Monaghan-born player.

Bolton had high hopes for Connolly when they signed him from Wolves in 2009 - reportedly for a fee in the region of £1million - but despite spending time on loan to clubs like St Johnstone and Macclesfield he failed to progress to the first team at the Reebok Stadium, and now Owen Coyle has told the Irishman that he can leave on a free.

Connolly has been capped seven times at U21 level and is a key member of the squad which faces Italy in Sligo next month in a vital European Championship qualifier.

Morrison's cut adrift by Wednesday

FORMER Ireland man Clinton Morrison has been released by League One side Sheffield Wednesday.

The 33-year-old started only seven league games for the Owls last season and was sent out on loan to MK Dons and Brentford but now Wednesday, who have been promoted to the Championship, have included him on a list of six players handed free transfers.

Morrison joins former Ireland internationals like Gary Doherty and Alex Bruce on the list of players who are now without a club.

Kaboul set to miss out on Euros

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul will miss out on a place in France's Euro 2012 squad due to injury.

Kaboul suffered a recurrence of an old knee problem in Sunday's Premier League win against Fulham and follows Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna - who suffered a broken leg against Norwich earlier this month - in being ruled out of France's preliminary selection.