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Anthony Pilkington scored in Norwich's victory over Manchester City on Sunday

Anthony Pilkington scored in Norwich's victory over Manchester City on Sunday

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Anthony Pilkington scored in Norwich's victory over Manchester City on Sunday

Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has been withdrawn from the Ireland squad, the Football Association of Ireland has confirmed.

Pilkington scored for the Canaries in their 3-2 win at Manchester City on Sunday, but because of a knee injury will not be fit for the friendly against England at Wembley on May 29 and the game against Georgia in Dublin on June 2, in preparation for the qualifier against the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium five days later.

"The Football Association of Ireland today (Monday) confirmed that Anthony Pilkington has pulled out of the Ireland squad for their upcoming summer games under the advice of Norwich's medical team," a statement from the FAI said.

"Anthony will undergo treatment on his knee over the coming weeks in preparation for the season ahead. There has been no replacement called up."

The 24-year-old - who qualifies via his Dublin-born paternal grandmother and was capped by Ireland's Under-21s in 2008 - has been forced out of Trapattoni's plans once again to allow himself enough recovery time over the summer, during which he will also get married.

However, while it is clearly a disappointment not to be involved for the games, which end with a trip to face European champions Spain in New York, Pilkington feels the added time off will set him up for the challenges ahead of both club and country in 2013/2014.

"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," Pilkington said in the Eastern Daily Press.

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

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