Saturday 18 August 2018

James McCarthy a major injury concern for World Cup play-off against Denmark

Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy
Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is in danger of missing out on Ireland's two-legged World Cup play-off with Denmark next month.

Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth today confirmed that McCarthy suffered a hamstring injury in training with the Toffees and said he will talk to Ireland manager Martin O'Neill about "what's best for club and player", according to the BBC's Conor McNamara.

With David Meyler suspended for the first leg in Copenhagen, it leaves O'Neill with limited options as to who he will deploy as a defensive midfielder. Glenn Whelan looks to be in pole position for that role as O'Neill was in Birmingham today to watch him in action for Villa.

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