Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill confirms Stoke defender Marc Wilson out of Euro 2016 due to injury
Stoke defender Marc Wilson has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign through injury.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed that the 28-year-old, who was named in the initial 35-man squad, will now 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, but O’Neill has trimmed down his squad ahead of Friday night’s friendly against Holland with Paul McShane, Alex Pearce, Anthony Pilkington and Jonathan Hayes all on standby.