McCarthy in line for awards double
JAMES McCARTHY could be the big winner at next month's FAI Player of the Year awards night after being nominated for the top gong and the young player accolade.
The Wigan Athletic midfielder faces competition from Bolton's Keith Andrews and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle for Player of the Year, while Hull's Robbie Brady and Everton's Seamus Coleman are the other nominees for the Young Player award.
Brady's strike against Oman has seen him earn a nomination for Goal of the Year, where he faces competition from Doyle for his strike against Kazakhstan and Marc Wilson for his goal against the Faroe Islands.
The Airtricity League Player of the Year will be going to a Sligo Rovers player after Mark Quigley, Jason McGuinness and Danny Ventre were all nominated.
Meanwhile, the champions have added Evan McMillan to their squad. The centre-half was a star performer for Bohemians last year and attracted interest from across the water.
Fahey closes in on Birmingham return
Keith Fahey edged closer to a return to action when he travelled to Birmingham City for a short spell this week.
The former St Patrick's Athletic midfielder, who has been home in Dublin on compassionate leave since November, met with the Blues' fitness and medical teams to be assessed before returning to Dublin.
Injured Sandro out for rest of season
Tottenham Hotspur are almost certain to be without key midfielder Sandro for the rest of the season. The Brazilian has undergone surgery
to repair the knee he injured against QPR last Saturday.
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