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Wilson boost for Trap

MARC WILSON has given Giovanni Trapattoni a much-needed boost ahead of the World Cup qualifier in Sweden as the Stoke man has vowed to be fit for the crunch tie in Stockholm.

Wilson has been out of action since he suffered a broken leg while on Premier League duty for Stoke City back in October (pictured left) and there were fears that the 25-year-old could be out for the season.

But Wilson today confirmed to the Herald that he's close to making a return to full training with his club and while he won't be fit in time for the clash with Poland next month, he plans to be on the plane and in the team for the battle with Sweden on March 22.

"If everything goes according to plan I'll be back and fully fit well before the Sweden game, that's a big target for me," Wilson said.

"The game in Sweden could well define the group so it's a game that I don't want to miss and once there's no problem with the injury I'll be available to the manager.

"I have had a few texts from the Ireland manager, asking how I was getting on, so I was able to tell him that things are on course."