Wilson in the dark at Trap upset

MARC WILSON says he is baffled by Giovanni Trapattoni’s statement that the Stoke defender will have to offer an apology for an alleged breach of discipline before the manager would consider selecting him again for the Republic of Ireland.

“There is not a single incident I can think of that he can be thinking about,” said Wilson yesterday. “I’m in the dark about it. If I had done something wrong I’d have no problem with the manager saying that. I’d hold my hand up and apologise for what I’d done. I’d gladly do that.”

Trapattoni made his widely-reported comments when speaking to the media in Dublin last Friday, but Wilson insisted he is at a loss to understand what is at the root of the problem.

“If I’ve done something to upset the manager, neither he nor the FAI have said to me what that is, so I can’t apologise when I don’t know what I have done,” he said.

“I am big enough and old enough to say sorry when I have crossed the line or broken the rules but that is not the case this time.”

Wilson, who is still eligible to play for Northern Ireland, has reiterated his commitment to the Republic and said he was anxious to clear the air with Trapattoni.

“If I need to make an approach to the manager and try to clear this up, then I will do that,” he said in an interview.

“I’d be happy to speak to him to get this sorted but I have no idea what I am supposed to have done.”

In a quote released through the FAI yesterday, Trapattoni briefly responded to Wilson ‘s comments.

“We’ll continue to monitor Wilson and we will not exclude him,” he said. “We’re happy he’s confirmed that he wants to stay with us. That’s all we have to say about it at the moment.”

Meanwhile Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has backing goal-shy striker Kevin Doyle to recapture his best form after confirming he will return to the side for tonight’s FA Cup third-round replay with Birmingham at Molineux.

Steven Fletcher has been grabbing all the headlines up front and he netted his ninth goal of the campaign in Saturday’s surprise 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

It has led to Doyle being relegated to the substitutes’ bench as McCarthy perseveres with a 4-5-1 formation.

But McCarthy retains faith in the Republic of Ireland international who he signed from Reading two and a half years ago.

He said: “I’ve spoken to Doyley and he is cool with it. He is quite low maintenance and gets on with it. He does his work, and continues to do his work, and throughout a career, wherever you are, it just can’t be you continue to be that talisman all the time.

“It needed someone to take a bit of pressure off him because he was the one last season who was playing up front on his own and battling away and scrapping.

“He was playing his international football as well, and he had a knee injury early on in the season.

“All those things contribute to it just not going right for him but what we do know about Doyley is that he was our star man for a while, he is a talented guy and he will come back. That’s what good players do but we all have tough times. He and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will start against Birmingham.”

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