McCarthy ruled out but Boyle and Horgan set for Austria
Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30
James McCarthy will miss Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Saturday after running out of time to prove his fitness, writes Daniel McDonnell.
The Glaswegian is suffering from a hamstring problem and Everton boss Ronald Koeman was furious when he was called into Martin O'Neill's provisional panel due to tensions carrying over from his involvement in last month's double header.
O'Neill had suggested McCarthy was keen to report for duty in order to give himself every chance but Koeman urged the 25-year-old to stay on Merseyside.
The player's name was absent from the FAI's trimmed-down list of 28 which was released last night as the group convened in Castleknock.
Stephen Ward, Cyrus Christie and Stephen Quinn are also ruled out through injury, while Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane misses out, along with young goalkeepers Danny Rogers and Ian Lawlor. Dundalk pair Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle will train with the group for the first time this morning after making the cut, while Bradford keeper Colin Doyle is back in the fold after a long absence. He won his only cap in 2007.
Injury doubt John O'Shea has travelled, with the FAI saying that a number of players will have to be assessed ahead of Thursday's flight to Vienna.