Wilson a slight doubt for Sweden qualifier

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is hopeful player will be fit for Friday’s game

Marc Wilson (left) in action for Stoke City. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Marc Wilson (left) in action for Stoke City. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

 

Republic of Ireland defender Marc Wilson is a slight doubt for the World Cup qualifier against Sweden because of an ankle injury. Bristol City’s Greg Cunningham has been called into the squad as a precaution.

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

Darren Randolph (thigh) also underwent a scan this afternoon and he too should be fit for selection.

Wilson rested as his team-mates began preparations in Malahide this 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 tomorrow 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 today as they headed across the Atlantic once again to join up with their team-mates.