Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson has withdrawn from the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Oman after telling boss Giovanni Trapattoni he is still reeling from Euro 2012 disappointment.
Ireland lost all three of their group games in Poland and Ukraine, managing to score just one goal in the process.
Gibson was part of the original 23-man squad who fly out next week for the game but has pulled out after an in-depth discussion with Trapattoni.
"When Darron informed me of his decision to withdraw, I called him to talk things through,” Trapattoni told reporters.
"As we embark upon a brand new campaign, he is very much in my plans and I consider him to be a key player for Ireland for this campaign.
"However, Darron has said that although he doesn't want to let anyone down, he doesn't feel ready to ready to return to the squad for this fixture after the disappointment of Euro 2012.
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"I hope that Darron will take this time to reflect positively on his international career, and return to us in time for the Germany game in October."
Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has been called up to replace the Everton man, who was frustrated by spending most of the European Championship on the bench.
However Trapattoni indicated after the tournament that Gibson has a big part to play in Ireland’s future, along with fellow countrymen James McClean and James McCarthy.
The Italian hopes that Gibson will be available for the clash with Group C favourites Germany on October 12th in the stand out fixture of the group.
The Irish have been handed a boost with defender Richard Dunne stating his intent to carry on at international level following the retirements of Shay Given and Damien Duff.