Wednesday 22 November 2017

Marc Wilson ruled out of Euro 2016, while Martin O'Neill cuts quartet from Ireland squad

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Martin O'Neill will have to plan for this summer's European Championships in France without Stoke's Marc Wilson after the Ireland boss confirmed that the defender will miss the tournament through injury.

Previously a regular in the Irish team, Wilson missed the Boys in Green's big win over Germany last September through injury before damaging medial knee ligaments in a January FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace.

That injury ruled him out of the remainder of the club season and in a press conference this morning his international manager confirmed that Wilson hasn't recovered enough to take part in Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

The defender has won 24 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2011, scoring one goal.

Meanwhile, ahead of Friday’s friendly against Holland, a quartet of peripheral players have been released from the squad, including the 31-time capped Paul McShane.

Along with McShane, Martin O’Neill has deemed Alex Pearce, Anthony Pilkington and Jonny Hayes surplus to requirements. However, all four remain on standby, should unforeseen injuries occur.

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