Knee injury will not prevent Norwich City star Wes Hoolahan playing for Ireland
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Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is determined not to let a troublesome knee problem prevent him from featuring in two upcoming matches for the Republic of Ireland.
The skilful 33-year-old, fresh from helping the Canaries gain promotion back to the Premier League via the Championship play-off final at Wembley, joins up with Martin O'Neill's squad today after staying in Norfolk for some additional treatment on his knee.
Hoolahan scored five goals in 40 appearances for City this season, making 10 assists, but has been managing his injury in the closing stages of the successful season.
'Wes is doing a couple of extra days at Norwich. There is a possibility Norwich wanted him not to play in the games I think to get himself right in the summertime but Wes thankfully has left that out of the equation, and I think he's going to be all-right,' O'Neill told the Irish Herald.
'His issue he's carrying a little injury for a while. I think it's the back of knee, he's talking about. It's to do with the tendon there. Maybe I'm making more of it is than it is but Wes wants to play the games, which is great for us.'
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The former Norwich boss has made the dynamic attacker a key part of his team during Euro 2016 qualifying, with City's longest-serving current player now having been capped 17 times at national level.
Ireland take on England in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday (1pm kick-off) before continuing their Group D qualifying campaign against Scotland, also in Dublin, on Saturday, June 13 (5pm).
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O'Neill's side go into the match in fourth place in the group, three points behind leaders Poland and two behind Germany and Scotland, with five games still to play.