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More injury woe for Pilkington

IT'S THIRD time unlucky for in-form Norwich City man Anthony Pilkington, who he is likely to miss out on his Ireland debut yet again.

Pilkington yesterday underlined just how important he could be to the Ireland cause when he scored for Norwich in their Premier League win over Manchester City.

He was due to report for Ireland duty for the first time next Sunday to prepare for the friendly against England at Wembley.

But he was substituted ten minutes from the end due to an injury and Canaries boss Chris Hughton says the winger may have to miss out on the Ireland games.

That would be a big blow for Pilkington (right), who has was previously called up twice – for the Sweden/Austria double header and the friendly with Poland this year – but was unfit for duty each time.

"We have to make sure we make the right decisions. He has come strong at the end of the season but it is certainly an injury he has to rest," said Hughton.

Marc Wilson is another fresh injury concern for Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of the four-game international schedule over the next three weeks.

Glenn Whelan was left out of the Stoke squad for their final day meeting with Southampton after a training ground prank involving team-mate Kenwyne Jones last week.

Wilson did start in the 1-1 draw but lasted for only 20 minutes before he was substituted. The FAI medical staff will seek an update from Stoke today.

There is some good news, as Robbie Keane was back in action with LA Galaxy last night.