Injured Anthony Pilkington withdraws from Republic of Ireland squad

Anthony Pilkington: Norwich forward has pulled out of Republic of Ireland squad

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Norwich forward Anthony Pilkington has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming games against England, Georgia, the Faroe Islands and Spain.

Norwich's medical team withdrew Pilkington from Giovanni Trapattoni's squad to allow him sufficient time to recover from a knee injury.

The 24-year-old had been picked in the squad to face England at Wembley on May 29, Georgia in a friendly on June 2, the World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands on June 7, and the trip to face Spain in New York on June 11.

Pilkington said: "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.

"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."