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Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy speaks with Dr. Alan Byrne after he sat out squad training

Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy speaks with Dr. Alan Byrne after he sat out squad training

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Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy speaks with Dr. Alan Byrne after he sat out squad training

Martin O'Neill was dealt a blow ahead of tomorrow's qualifier with Scotland with the news that both James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan have been ruled out of the fixture.

Both players were absent from training at Malahide this morning and the FAI has confirmed they will be returning to their respective clubs.

O'Neill stated yesterday that both would need to take part in training to stand any chance to feature against the Scots and their injuries means Darron Gibson, Stephen Quinn and Jeff Hendrick are favourites to start against the Scots in Celtic Park.

McCarthy — who also missed the games against Gibraltar and Germany through injury — did not train all week.

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