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The Stoke City midfielder has been nursing an ankle injury and questions remain as to his fitness as Ireland take on Sweden at the Friends Arena

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has emerged as an injury concern ahead of the World Cup qualification clash with Sweden tonight, Friday March 22.

The Stoke City midfielder was named alongside Paul Green in the starting XI by Giovanni Trapattoni on Thursday for the encounter against Sweden and the Italian tactician did not express any concerns.

However, according to the Irish Independent, the 29-year-old has been carrying an ankle injury since joining up with the squad and doubts have reportedly emerged over the player's fitness.

Meanwhile, Sweden boss Erik Hamren has named his starting XI for the clash with Ireland. Former Manchester City goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson is included and West Bromich Albion defender Jonas Olsson has been named at centre back, while Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson joins Kim Kallstrom and Rasmus Elm in midfield.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig is also included in the team and Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be partnered in attack by Tobias Hysen.

Sweden XI to face Ireland: Isaksson; Lustig, Granqvist, J Olsson, Safari; Kacanaklic, Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson; Ibrahimovic, Hysen

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