EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez believes that the Toffees have finally "got to the bottom" of the hamstring problems which have dogged James McCarthy's season.
And that news will be gratefully received by Martin O'Neill and the Ireland camp as the Republic boss plans for the vital Euro 2016 qualifiers before the summer.
McCarthy has missed eight of the last 10 games for his club and also missed Ireland's Euro qualifying defeat to Scotland with a hamstring complaint which was a serious concern, but Martinez is now upbeat about the player's immediate future.
"I think we have got to the bottom of it and I think it's going to help him for the rest of his career," says the Everton manager.
"I'm very confident once he comes back he will be back to stay and to have a really strong period."
"It is about trying to cope with his intensity and allowing him to recover properly. I think he was training too hard at times between games and we couldn't get him to recover properly.
"He is still a young man and he is still growing. He is in a period where he is still growing and the tissue in his hamstring is still adapting to that.
"If you look at his career, he has always been very much capable of coping with the amount of games and I remember one season he played every single game.
"He played 38 games in the Premier League and as his body grows we have picked up a period where we need to change a little bit of his work loads to allow him to cope with that," added the under-pressure boss.