Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has been hit by a fresh injury blow with the news that Seamus Coleman has been forced to withdraw from the squad through injury.
The 22-year-old Everton midfielder has not trained all week because of an ankle injury, and after assessment on Thursday afternoon, the decision was taken to send him back to Merseyside.
He follows Newcastle striker Leon Best back to England 24 hours after he also had to admit defeat in his efforts to shake off an ankle problem.
Sean St Ledger, a regular in Trapattoni's first-choice defence, has not trained since picking up a knee injury in Tuesday morning's session, and his fitness is being closely monitored.
Ireland play Serbia in a UEFA EURO 2012 Group C qualifier in Belgrade on Friday.