Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington’s injury withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland’s squad was officially confirmed on Monday lunchtime by the Football Association of Ireland.

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The FAI released a statement outlining the 24-year-old will miss upcoming friendlies against England at Wembley on May 29 followed by Georgia and Spain next month, along with a Dublin World Cup qualifying game against the Faroe Islands on June 7.

Pilkington revealed after City’s final day 3-2 Premier League win against Manchester City at the weekend he was poised to pull out of the latest Irish squad to rest a knee problem which has also contributed to the hamstring injuries which saw him withdraw from Italian boss Giovanni Trapattoni’s two previous squads.

The FAI statement read: “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. Anthony will undergo treatment on his knee over the coming weeks in preparation for the season ahead. There has been no replacement called up.”

Pilkington - who qualifies via his Dublin-born paternal grandmother and was capped by the Republic Under-21s in 2008 - is scheduled to get married two days after the Republic’s trip to Wembley.

“I need a rest and I need the treatment that I am going to be getting through the summer in the off season,” he said after Sunday’s game. “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.

“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% fit and come back flying.”

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10 comments

  • Injury a better excuse than marriage. I doubt Trapper Tony`s been fooled! Meaningless game, so field an "injured" player. Get real, media men. Pilks is a very good player - but so are lots of others with different priorities.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • As always, you totally miss the point. What I questioned is the wisdom of using a player with a known injury in a match that was relatively unimportant. His commitment to Norwich is fine. His priorities with regard International career vs Wedded Bliss are not so clear. Did you do well at school?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Baiting SO(B), really is too cruel MB. Clearly insufficient intellect to accommodate reasoned thought let alone a sense of humour. Shooting fish in a barrel!

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • bad luck Pilks, but you have other fish to fry , enjoy those precious things and then get the Irish caps you deserve.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • You do realise Irelands medical staff will have assessed Pilkington and confirmed his injury?

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Du bist dumm.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Not the point. Pilks is a top player. But why use an "injured" player in a non-vital match? To gain a bit more position money? Hoots would not take that risk. You clearly do not respect our manager`s aptitudes. Nor nuances of any kind.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • I think it's incredible that you doubt Anthony's commitment to the job, he genuinely has an injury and has been carrying it bravely for months.

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    Steady On

    Monday, May 20, 2013

  • I see no humour in levelling an accusation of not playing an international game at Wembley to appease the missus. If he was fit, he would play. He has struggled with injury but when fully fit Pilks can mix it with the best of them. Top player.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Fair enough. But why was he played on Saturday vs ManC? Surely with a known injury of that type his "rest" could`ve started one game sooner. I have never "dissed" Pilks; he is a fine, truly two-footed player with a lot of courage (awful injury to overcome from his Huddersfield time). It just does not quite add up. Then, having an enquiring mind is a mixed blessing. You should count yours (blessings). OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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