Wednesday 20 September 2017

McCarthy a doubt for Austria tie

The Glasgow-born midfielder was pulled out of last week’s 0-0 draw with Wales at the last minute and his place was taken by Hull City midfielder David Meyler.
The Glasgow-born midfielder was pulled out of last week’s 0-0 draw with Wales at the last minute and his place was taken by Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

Colin Young

James McCarthy is a doubt for the Republic of Ireland's final World Cup qualifier of this season in June with the hamstring injury which has sparked the continued row between Martin O'Neill and Ronald Koeman .

The Everton player, who has not played for his club since the middle of December, is facing another lengthy lay-off with the hamstring ailment and is now doubtful for the visit of Austria to Dublin on Saturday, June 11. Koeman has predicted McCarthy could be out for up to six weeks.

The Glasgow-born midfielder was pulled out of last week's 0-0 draw with Wales at the last minute and his place was taken by Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

McCarthy returned to Everton's Finch Farm base for treatment earlier in the week and a firm rebuke from Toffees boss Koeman, who has reminded the Ireland international 'who pays his wages'.

The Dutch coach was unhappy that McCarthy still travelled to Dublin after he was called up for the Welsh clash despite not playing this year. He was further angered by McCarthy's withdrawal after he was named in the starting line-up having taken part in two training sessions.

McCarthy, who was criticised in Ireland and Scotland at the start of his career for switching to the Republic, has been desperate to keep both club and international manager happy since performing well for Ireland in the Euro 2016 finals.

But in trying to placate the two men, he has unwittingly become embroiled in an unseemly spat between O'Neill and Koeman, which shows no signs of abating. It has also brought into his question his Everton future and Koeman has admitted McCarthy's contract is certain to come under review this summer.

The two men have shared verbal blows this week and FAI chief executive John Delaney will be under pressure to step in to repair any damage in the relationship between Everton and the FAI.

Meanwhile, McCarthy's Everton and Ireland team-mate Seamus Coleman is to spend several weeks with his family in Ireland before he starts his recovery work.

The Ireland captain has accepted an apology from Wales and Aston Villa full-back Neil Taylor who rang Coleman before he left his Dublin hospital this week.

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