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Dublin: 22 °C Thursday 16 July, 2020

Pilkington withdraws from Ireland squad to undergo treatment on knee

The Norwich winger explained that he pulled out on the advice of his club’s management.

Pilkington has enjoyed a fine season with Norwich.
Pilkington has enjoyed a fine season with Norwich.

NORWICH MIDFIELDER ANTHONY Pilkington has been ruled out of the upcoming Ireland games, including the friendly with England, in order to undergo treatment for a knee injury.

The player has yet to make his debut for Ireland, having previously pulled out of another squad through injury.

On his decision to pull out, Pilkington told reporters:

“The management and the physio have pulled me out – I’ve 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’m 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’s unfortunate these injuries have popped up at the worst times for me. But like I say, I’ve got to put that behind me now, get right for next season and then hopefully see if I can get back in the squad.

“It wouldn’t be right for me to go away and them come back in pre-season struggling. I’ve had to manage the injury (to his patellar tendon) towards the end of the season and because of my knee, I’ve picked up a few hamstring injuries. So I’ll go away in the summer, work hard, get 100% fit and come back flying.”

Trap’s squad will play England and Georgia, followed by a must-win World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands, before finishing off for the summer with a glamour friendly against Spain at Yankee Stadium in New York.

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