Wilson ruled out of Euros as Ireland trim squad by four

Date published: Monday 23rd May 2016 1:37

Marc Wilson: Ruled out of Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign

Marc Wilson: Ruled out of Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign

Martin O’Neill has cut four players from Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad and confirmed Marc Wilson will miss the tournament through injury.

Wilson was named in the initial 35-man squad but will not be available as he continues to fight his way back from a long-standing knee problem.

O’Neill told a press conference in Dublin on Monday: “Marc Wilson has had a setback. The best thing for him is to take four or five weeks off. He will be out.”

Wilson has not played a senior game for club Stoke since damaging knee ligaments in January and limped out of a behind-closed-doors friendly last month.

He last played for Ireland as a substitute in the 1-1 play-off draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica in November.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is to have a scan on an unspecificed injury that is not expected to keep him out of Friday night’s friendly against Holland, but O’Neill has trimmed down his squad ahead of that game, with Paul McShane, Alex Pearce, Anthony Pilkington and Jonathan Hayes dropping to the standby list.

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