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Published: 13:14 | 23/5/16

Wilson out of Euro 2016

The Republic of Ireland have been dealt a blow with the news that Marc Wilson will miss Euro 2016 through injury.

Wilson has been struggling with a knee injury for several months and the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed that the Stoke defender will not be fit enough to be part of the squad for the finals in France.

"Marc Wilson has had a setback. The best thing for him is to take four or five weeks off. He will be out," O'Neill told a press conference on Monday.

Wilson has not played for Stoke since damaging medial knee ligaments in Stoke's FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace in January but he was named in the initial 35-man squad in the hope of proving his fitness.

However, having limped out of a behind-closed-doors friendly last month and, the 28-year-old has lost his battle to be part of O'Neill's squad.

Ireland will host The Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday with O'Neill set to name his final 23-man squad the following afternoon.

O'Neill has trimmed down his squad ahead of the game with Paul McShane, Alex Pearce, Anthony Pilkington and Jonathan Hayes all sitting out the friendly but they have been placed on standby.

Meanwhile, James McCarthy has joined up with the squad but will undergo a scan to determine whether or not he will be available for Friday's game.

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