McGoldrick and Robinson miss out on Bulgaria clash
The hero of Ireland's draw against Switzerland, David McGoldrick, and his Sheffield United team-mate Callum Robinson are out of the Ireland's friendly with Bulgaria on Tuesday night after withdrawing from the squad through injury.
McGoldrick, who scored his first senior international goal against the Swiss on Thursday night to earn a crucial share of the spoils, did so having reported for duty carrying a shoulder problem.
Robinson limped off with a hamstring strain during the second half of the game and both have headed back to their club for treatment.
"Both David and Callum won't be coming back in when the squad report back to the Castleknock Hotel on Sunday," explained manager Mick McCarthy.
"David came into camp with a shoulder injury, but was determined to play against Switzerland and what a game he had.
"He was brilliant from start to finish and capped off a great performance with a first Ireland goal that was no more than he deserved. "Callum felt his hamstring in the second half of the game, so it is best now that he also goes back to Sheffield United for treatment.
"There are a few other bumps and bruises about the place but we will see how everyone feels after their short break over the weekend and take it from there on Sunday."
Those players who started the Switzerland game underwent a pool recovery session yesterday morning while the remainder of the squad trained at Abbotstown, and they have all been released until tomorrow at lunchtime.
McCarthy was in Tallaght last night to see the U-21s beat Armenia 1-0 in their European Championship - with goalscorer Troy Parrott giving him food for thought - and tomorrow he will monitor Group D rivals Denmark's trip to Georgia, where Ireland head next month, and Switzerland's home clash with Gibraltar on television.
He said: "The Tbilisi game between Georgia and Denmark will tell us a lot. We go to Georgia next, so we'll be keeping a close eye on how that one goes. The group is tight and everything counts from here on in."