Clarke withdraws from Ireland squad

Ciaran ClarkeCiaran Clarke has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for their two-game tour of the US.

The Aston Villa defender who has strong connections with Donegal hasn't flown-out with the rest of Martin O'Neill's squad because of a knee injury that he suffered during the warm-up before last Saturday's friendly against Italy at Craven Cottage.

Despite the large number of withdrawals from the travelling party, Martin O'Neill says that he's happy to keep faith with the players that have been in camp with him for much of the past month.