KEITH ANDREWS remains an injury concern for Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier in Armenia as the Dubliner will miss out on tonight's Carling Cup clash with Norwich City.
Andrews was excluded from Blackburn's squad for Saturday's meeting with Birmingham with a groin injury and is not in the panel tonight as boss Sam Alladryce will use the game to try out some of Rovers' fringe players, including Irishmen Alan Judge and Aaron Doran.
Meanwhile Armenia coach Vardan Minasyan has named a provisional 28-man squad for the game against Ireland.
Armenia, low on confidence after a 3-1 defeat at home to Iran in a friendly two weeks ago, have just nine foreign based players in the squad, drawing from players at clubs in Iran, Denmark, Russia and Ukraine. Minasyan will reduce his squad to 22 after next weekend's round of games in the Armenian championship. One player, Levon Airapetyan, has made it into the squad even though he's currently without a club.
PORTSMOUTH have rejected a second bid from West Brom for Ireland hopeful Marc Wilson.
The uncapped Antrim-born player, who has been named in the Republic of Ireland's senior squad by Giovanni Trapattoni, is a key figure for Pompey this season and the Fratton Park outfit have made it clear to WBA that he's not for sale.
"West Brom offered us £3m plus add-ons but that has been turned down," said Pompey administrator Andrew Andronikou. "(Portsmouth manager) Steve Cotterill does not want to sell such an important player."
FORMER Ireland striker Alan Lee is on his way to League One after Huddersfield Town made a £300,000 bid for the Crystal Palace man.
Lee, 32, has scored 10 goals in 61 games for Palace since his move from Ipswich Town in 2008, but Huddersfield have earmarked him as the man to lead them into the Championship.
"I'd like to keep Alan but they have offered him a three-year contract on more money," said Palace boss George Burley.
-- AIDAN FITZMAURICE