Wednesday 20 September 2017

McCarthy joins Irish injury list

James McCarthy leans on the dugout on Ireland duty Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
James McCarthy leans on the dugout on Ireland duty Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

James McCarthy has added to Martin O'Neill's injury problems ahead of next month's World Cup qualifier with Austria by sustaining a torn hamstring that looks set to rule him out of the trip to Vienna.

His Everton manager Ronald Koeman was unhappy when McCarthy lined out in the October double-header with Georgia and Moldova just after recovering from groin surgery.

The Dutchman claimed that the player was "massively overloaded" and he subsequently damaged his hamstring in training.

He is now facing up to another spell on a sidelines in a season that started off badly when it became apparent that he was not in Koeman's first-choice central midfield.

McCarthy is important to Ireland and would be a certain starter in the crunch Vienna date on November 12 if he was fully fit.

O'Neill is expected to name his squad later this week and already has concerns, with Shane Long on the doubtful list due to his own hamstring issues.

First-choice keeper Darren Randolph is also battling to recover from a knee issue that he suffered on international duty.

McCarthy's woe could open the door for Bournemouth's Harry Arter, who is still waiting for a competitive debut.

Irish Independent

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