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Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington. Picture credit: Chris Radburn / PA Wire

Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington. Picture credit: Chris Radburn / PA Wire

Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington. Picture credit: Chris Radburn / PA Wire

ANTHONY PILKINGTON has confirmed that he will yet again miss out on an Ireland debut as he's been forced to withdraw from international duty due to injury.

The winger scored for Norwich in their win over Manchester City on Sunday, the final day of the Premier League season, and had planned to link up with the Irish squad in London next Sunday ahead of the friendly against England at Wembley.

That would have seen former U21 cap Pilkington make his senior debut, as he was forced to withdraw from the senior panel twice before due to injury, but now that senior cap will have to come some other time.

"The Norwich management and the physio have pulled me out.

Struggling

"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," Pilkington said.

"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.

"I have had to manage the (patellar tendon) injury towards the end of the season and because of my knee, I have picked up a few hamstring injuries.

"So I will go away in the summer, work hard, get 100 per cent fit and come back flying," he added.

Pilkington is so far the only withdrawal from the 28-man squad named by Giovanni Trapattoni for the four-game series of matches.


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