Stoke City midfielder Marc Wilson targets international return

Continuing his recovery from a broken leg, Wilson is hoping to make a return to the international set-up but insists that he must first be playing regularly for Stoke
Stoke City midfielder Marc Wilson is hopeful of making a return to the Republic of Ireland squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers in March, but insists that he must re-establish himself at the Britannia Stadium first.

The 25-year-old has been out of contention since October with a broken leg but has made a swift recovery, returning to action a week ago in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

However Wilson, who has played at left back for Giovanni Trapattoni's team, believes that he must ensure that he is playing competitively for his club before he can hope to make a return to the international set-up.

"I need to get myself playing for Stoke first and foremost before I can even consider being selected for Ireland again," Wilson told reporters.

"But Giovanni Trapattoni has texted me a few times to ask how I am getting on and he said he hasn’t forgotten me. So that was good to hear.

"If I can get myself right here then hopefully I can get myself back in the international team," concluded the Potters midfielder.

Meanwhile, Paul McShane has emerged as an injury concern ahead of Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Sweden in March.

The Hull City defender was taken off after 57 minutes when he hurt his hamstring in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over Charlton on Saturday, February 16.

"Paul has nicked his hamstring," revealed Hull manager Steve Bruce. "At the moment we don’t know how bad the problem is."

The full extent of the injury is expected to be confirmed at the beginning of the week.