Wilson hit by injury blow

Stoke defender Marc Wilson has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign through injury.

Stoke: Wilson hit by injury blowStoke: Wilson hit by injury blow

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.

Wilson is the latest player to see his Euro 2016 dream shattered after goalkeeper Jack Butland picked up a serious ankle injury while playing for England.

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