Wes Hoolahaan forced to withdraw from Republic of Ireland squad

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's friendly against Serbia just hours after being called up on Friday.

Hoolahan had been drafted in to replace Everton midfielder Darron Gibson, who pulled out after tearing his left thigh muscle in pre-season training.

Hoolahan, 30, is suffering from an achilles problem which requires rest.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has yet to decide on another replacement.

Hoolahan, 30, has not featured for the Republic since making his debut against Colombia in 2008 but he impressed for Norwich last season.

The Dubliner's passing ability was a feature of Norwich's fine Premier League campaign and there were calls for him to be drafted into the Republic squad for the Euro 2012 finals.

Trapattoni remained loyal to the players that got the Republic to Euro 2012 but he has called up a number of inexperienced players for the Serbia friendly.

Skipper Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Hunt have been left out of the 23-man panel.

Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are among those given a fresh opportunity by Trapattoni.