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Republic wait on Wilson

Ireland defender Marc Wilson is a slight doubt for the World Cup qualifier against Sweden because of an ankle injury.

However, manager Giovanni Trapattoni is hopeful the player will be fit for Friday's game at the Aviva Stadium after a scan revealed no lasting damage.

Wilson rested as his team-mates began preparations in Malahide on Monday morning, with QPR defender Richard Dunne nursing himself through the after-effects of his club exertions at the weekend.

Wigan midfielder James McCarthy was conspicuous by his absence after being allowed to delay his arrival until Tuesday as Everton are poised to step up their interest in him on the final day of the summer transfer window.

Skipper Robbie Keane and defender Darren O'Dea were due to land in Dublin later on Monday as they headed across the Atlantic once again to join up with their team-mates.


From Belfast Telegraph