Stoke boss Pulis: Whelan won’t be playing for Ireland

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Updated: October 8, 2012
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Stoke City boss says that Glenn Whelan’s chances of making Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers with Germany and the Faroe Islands are minimal after the midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in his side’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

“He [Glenn] felt his hamstring again so we had no option than to take him off,” Pulis said on StokeCityfc.com

“I’m pretty sure that he won’t be off playing with Ireland, which will be a huge disappointment to him, as of course it is to us too.

“He is a massive Ireland supporter and he is a very patriotic lad, so he will be desperate to be out there playing for his country and helping them to get the results they are looking for over the next nine or ten days.

“Unfortunately though, with the injury that he has it looks unlikely that he will be able to play a part in any of their two games.”

The news will worry Giovanni Trapattoni as Sean St. Ledger is doubtful who also has injured his hamstring and James McClean is carrying a groin strain and Richard Dunne and Kevin Doyle are already confirmed to miss out.

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