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Pilkington focused on Ireland's call - but admits his Norwich future is uncertain

Winger is hoping to feature when Ireland play Turkey in the first of four end-of-season friendlies.

Pilkington struggled with injury again last season.
Pilkington struggled with injury again last season.
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ANTHONY PILKINGTON’S FUTURE at Norwich City is up in the air.

Caretaker boss Neil Adams was appointed on a permanent basis yesterday and that could usher Pilkington towards the door.

The injury-hit midfielder made just 15 league appearances last season as Norwich were relegated to the Championship.

The Canaries took up the option to extend his contract until the summer of 2015 but there are still question marks over his future at Carrow Road.

“[Adams] came in towards the end of last season and I wasn’t really in his plans,” Pilkington said after Ireland’s training session in Malahide this morning.

“I’m just concentrating on playing for Ireland, hopefully playing well and get some games in and then see what happens when I get back over there.

“I wasn’t really in the manager’s plans towards the end of the season so I’ll have to wait and see.”

Pilkington sat out the Premier League run-in with a hip injury but now the winger hopes to see plenty of action in Ireland’s four end-of-season friendlies, starting with Sunday’s game against Turkey.

“Every game is a shop window and you want to do your best in every game that you play in. I’m happy to be over here and back playing and hopefully I can get some game time.

“I haven’t played for a long time so obviously my match fitness and my match sharpness won’t be as good as they could be but hopefully I can use these games to get it back again.”

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