James McCarthy ruled out of Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Serbia

James McCarthy ruled out of Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Serbia

James McCarthy is out of the Republic of Ireland's opening World Cup qualifier in Serbia after returning to his club following assessment of his groin injury.

The 25-year-old midfielder met up with Martin O'Neill's squad despite missing Everton's 1-0 Premier League win over Stoke at the weekend with the problem, but has had to admit defeat in his efforts to shake it off ahead of Monday night's game in Belgrade.

A Football Association of Ireland statement said: "Midfielder James McCarthy returned to his club following assessment from the FAI medical staff as he recovers from a groin injury."

The news was confirmed amid speculation that McCarthy's injury will require surgery to repair, and that his fitness scuppered any chance of a deadline day move away from Goodison Park, with new manager Ronald Koeman apparently prepared to let him leave.

However, the former Hamilton and Wigan was included in the Toffees' 25-man squad which was submitted to the Premier League following the closure of the summer transfer window.

O'Neill now faces the task of finding a replacement for a man who came of age at the Euro 2016 finals in France, with Harry Arter, Stephen Quinn and David Meyler among those contesting the vacancy.

Former skipper Robbie Keane has left the camp after formally retiring from international football after scoring in Wednesday night's 4-0 friendly victory over Oman, while Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers will travel to Serbia on Saturday as back-up to Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood after David Forde opted to stay with new club Portsmouth.


More in this Section

Meath SFC semi-finals: Ratoath and Summerhill set for unique showpieceMeath SFC semi-finals: Ratoath and Summerhill set for unique showpiece

Kerry SFC R3: Third-quarter blitz seals last-eight spot for St Kieran’sKerry SFC R3: Third-quarter blitz seals last-eight spot for St Kieran’s

The process to appoint Clare manager has been a sham and an embarrassmentThe process to appoint Clare manager has been a sham and an embarrassment

Cork Premier IHC: Majestic Fr O’Neill’s deliver knockout blowsCork Premier IHC: Majestic Fr O’Neill’s deliver knockout blows


Lifestyle

Fiann Ó Nualláin follows in the footsteps of the Fianna as he explores a province’s hills and vales.Munster marvels: Plants that are unique to a province

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

More From The Irish Examiner