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Norwich's Pilkington out of Ireland matches



Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington has been forced to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad for their forthcoming friendlies and World Cup qualifier.

Pilkington scored for Norwich in their 3-2 win at Manchester City on Sunday, but he came off in the closing stages with a knee injury.

Norwich's medical team have told Pilkington to rest the injury and he will miss the friendlies against England at Wembley on May 29 and Georgia in Dublin on June 2, which serve as preparation for the World Cup qualifier at home to the Faroe Islands five days later.

"The Football Association of Ireland today (Monday) confirmed that Anthony Pilkington has pulled out of the Ireland squad for their upcoming summer games under the advice of Norwich's medical team," a statement from the FAI said.

"Anthony will undergo treatment on his knee over the coming weeks in preparation for the season ahead. There has been no replacement called up."

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