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The Stoke midfielder is a late withdrawal from the Irish XI for this evening's World Cup qualifier in Stockholm with a troublesome ankle

Giovanni Trapattoni has been forced to make a late change to his Republic of Ireland side for tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm as Glenn Whelan has failed to shake off an ankle complaint.

The midfielder has been nursing the injury all week after lasting just 45 minutes of Stoke's Premier League draw with West Brom last weekend and sat out training on Monday.

The withdrawal of the 29-year-old means James McCarthy will most likely partner Paul Green in the Irish midfield at the Friends Arena with Derby's Jeff Hendrick another option.

The Italian tactician yesterday overlooked McCarthy in favour of the 'harder working and more dogged' Green but Trapattoni has now been forced to turn to the Wigan man.

Meanwhile, Monday's under-21 international friendly between Republic of Ireland and Portugal has been moved from Shamrock Rovers' Tallaght Stadium to Oriel Park in Dundalk, which has an artificial surface, due to the large amount of rain which has fallen in recent days.