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Pilkington ready to fly away from the Canaries


Stephen Henderson

Stephen Henderson

Stephen Henderson

NORWICH City are ready to listen to offers for Ireland international Anthony Pilkington before the transfer window closes later this month.

The winger, who joined Norwich in 2011, travelled with his club for their opening game of the season, Sunday's defeat away to Wolves, a game watched by Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane but he did not make the match-day squad.

And Pilkington, 26, appears to be in dispute with the club with manager Neil Adams initially Suggesting that the player was left out of the squad due to injury but Pilkington said on social media that he was fully fit for the game.

"We have one or two niggles and Anthony himself did not train on Friday. You go with what you feel and cover yourself in all positions. Anthony travelled with us but he wasn't involved," Adams said.

The Canaries boss axed Wes Hoolahan from the squad towards the end of last season, Hoolahan frozen out for the final five games of the campaign as Norwich were relegated but the former Shelbourne man has recaimed his place in the side and started on Sunday.

But Norwich could now decide to sell Pilkington, who has been linked with a move to their Championship rivals Bolton.

Meanwhile, Irish striker Eoin Doyle is eyeing up another cup run this season with Chesterfield.

The Dubliner scored on the opening day of the League One season for Paul Cook's side against Leyton Orient, and the Spireites are eyeing up a shock against Championship outfit Huddersfield Town in the Capital One Cup.

"If you get to the fourth round you have a great chance of a massive game," says Doyle, who won two FAI Cup medals with Sligo Rovers and also appeared in two Scottish Cup finals with Hibs. "Last year Sheffield United managed to get to the FA Cup semi-final, Bradford were a good team and they got to the final, it would be remarkable if we could get there too."