Aston Villa set to release Ireland international Richard Dunne - report

The Republic of Ireland international has not played football in nearly a year and is not expected to have his contract renewed with Paul Lambert's team
Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne will not have his contract renewed with Aston Villa according to a report in the Express.

After a series of injuries, Paul Lambert will not renew Dunne's €50,000-a-week contract which is set to expire this summer.

The 33-year-old centre back has not featured for Villa in over a year after sustaining several injury set-backs, with his last game coming in the 2-0 loss away to Norwich City on May 13 2012.

Dunne played for Ireland at Euro 2012 following the end of the 2011-2012 season but has since been out of action after sustaining recurring groin and hip injuries.

The defender was brought to Villa Park from Manchester City for a fee of £5 million in 2009 by Martin O'Neill.

Meanwhile, former Republic of Ireland youth international Chris McCann has opted not to renew his contract with English Championship outfit Burnley.

The 25-year-old midfielder joined Burnley from Home Farm in 2004, making over 250 appearances for the club.