McCarthy gets Randolph injury scare as boss hints at Parrott debut
Darren Randolph has delivered Mick McCarthy an injury scare after missing Middlesbrough's Championship game with Huddersfield due to a muscle problem.
Ireland's first choice goalkeeper sustained the problem in training and it is currently being assessed with McCarthy hoping it's only a short-term issue with next month's crunch date with Denmark in mind.
Elsewhere, McCarthy has dropped a strong hint that he is ready to give Troy Parrott a senior debut in next month's friendly with New Zealand.
QPR's Ryan Manning is also in line for involvement after his successful conversion to left-back with the Championship club this term.
McCarthy made positive comments about 17-year-old Tottenham striker Parrott in a circular released by the FAI which included quotes from the manager suggesting the Spurs teenager is a contender for the New Zealand clash on November 14.
Stephen Kenny's U-21s have a qualifier in Armenia on the same day.
"We have monitored Troy's form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level," McCarthy told fai.ie. "We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team and did well.
"Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday (in Spurs' UEFA Youth League v Red Star Belgrade) which will have done him the world of good."
McCarthy has also welcomed Robbie Brady's return to action at Burnley. He made his first start this season against Leicester last weekend.
"Robbie's return is also welcome, he hasn't been involved with us so far this season simply because he hasn't been fit enough to play for Burnley," said McCarthy.
Meanwhile, five players from League of Ireland champions Dundalk have been voted on the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Season.
And Lilywhites duo Seán Gannon and Michael Duffy will go up against Shamrock Rovers midfielder and Ireland international Jack Byrne for the Player of the Year gong.
Duffy is looking to retain his crown after scooping the honour 12 months ago. Byrne could make it a unique double as he is also eligible for the young player award.
PFAI Player of the Year Shortlist: Duffy (Dundalk), Gannon (Dundalk), Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
Young Player of the Year: Mandroiu (Bohemians), Parkhouse (Derry), Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
PFAI Premier XI (4-3-3): Mannus (Shamrock Rovers); Gannon (Dundalk), Hoare (Dundalk), Grace (Shamrock Rovers), Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers); Mandroiu (Bohemians), Shields (Dundalk), Byrne (Shamrock Rovers); Parkhouse (Derry City), Hoban (Dundalk), Duffy (Dundalk)