'It's an injury the doc has never seen' - Ireland goalkeeper Travers ruled out after training ground injury
Mark Travers is out of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifiers with Denmark and Gibraltar after suffering a hand injury in Portugal.
The Bournemouth goalkeeper suffered a displaced fracture of the thumb during a training camp session in Quinta Do Lago.
After undergoing medical treatment and an x-ray, the decision was made to send the 20-year-old home.
"It is an injury that Alan Kelly [goalkeeping coach] and the Doc [Alan Byrne] have never seen...he's got a displaced fracture of his thumb," McCarthy told FAI TV.
"It's really sad for us because he's a great lad to have around the place and a good goalkeeper, but he's got to go back and get it repaired if he wants to be ready for the start of the [Premier League] season."
Travers was second in line behind Darren Randolph for the June 7 date with Denmark and June 10 meeting with Gibraltar.
Norway-based Sean McDermott is also with the group in Portugal, after replacing the injured Kieran O'Hara.
Keiren Westwood was ruled out of the equation due to treatment that was put off until the end of the club season.