Villa midfielder Whelan is said to be likely to have played his last game for Ireland.
Aston Villa star Whelan is to captain Ireland against Northern Ireland.
Aston Villa are struggling in 17th place in the Championship table.
Glenn Whelan was in action for Aston Villa against Queens Park Rangers in the Championship on Friday.
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Aston Villa kept their slim automatic-promotion hopes alive as they won their latest Championship clash.
Aston Villa play host to Midland rivals and Championship leaders Wolves on Saturday evening.
Midfielder Glenn Whelan could be missing in the top of the table Championship battle between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Aston Villa continued to push for a top two spot in the Championship as they ran out comfortable winners at the Stadium of Light.
Glenn Whelan moved to Aston Villa from Stoke City in the summer and, while not lighting up the Championship, has done a pretty solid job.