Saturday 20 January 2018



Marco Tardelli reveals that Anthony Stokes is too ‘tired’ to gather for the international matches, but says that the Stoke players will be coming in late and mentions James McCarthy as an option.


Wigan send a message to FAI medical department saying that McCarthy needed a routine scan after picking up a knock as his club escaped relegation with a crucial win over Stoke.


Trapattoni names his starting XI for Tuesday’s match with Northern Ireland. Stoke’s Marc Wilson is included. Irish managers hits out at absentees, Stokes, Leon Best, Caleb Folan and refers to another unnamed player who has refused to answer calls. Laterconfirmed that player in question was McCarthy.


Wigan send the FAI medical department details of McCarthy’s scan – taken in St Helens hospital that morning. The FAI do not believe the scan shows significant damage, and ask Wigan when the 20-year-old will be reporting for duty. Meanwhile, Stoke have also made contact to say that their players, Glenn Whelan, Jonathan Walters, and Wilson all have injury problems.


Roberto Martinez says that McCarthy has suffered grade one ligament damage, and will need a three to four week rest. But the FAI are still waiting for a response to Monday evening e-mail, and write to Wigan about the matter.


FAI release a statement which confirms that they dispute Wigan’s suggestion that McCarthy has an injury serious enough to justify a lengthy absence.


After a 5-0 win over Northern Ireland, Trapattoni rages again at McCarthy and Wilson, saying that the latter has ‘disappeared’ and talks generally about the issue of no-shows, hinting that he may leave out the culprits in future.


Marco Tardelli says that certain players need to behave better and show more respect. Alleges that McCarthy had ignored calls from an FAI employee, Mary O’Brien, who was trying to arrange his travel plans. Does not dispute the validity of injuries, but says that players should report to Dublin to have them assessed.

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