Coleman pulls out of Republic squad
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has been dealt a fresh injury blow with Seamus Coleman was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury.
The 22-year-old Everton midfielder has not trained all week because of an ankle injury picked up on club duty at the weekend, and after assessment on Thursday afternoon, the decision was taken to send him back to Merseyside.
He follows Newcastle striker Leon Best back to England 24 hours after he also had to admit defeat in his efforts to shake off an ankle problem.
Perhaps more worryingly, Sean St Ledger, a regular in Trapattoni's first-choice defence, has not trained since picking up a knee injury in Tuesday morning's session, and his fitness is being closely monitored.
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