“He was first pick in the team Thursday morning because apparently he’s a tough lad,” said McCarthy ahead of tomorrow’s derby with West Brom.
In fact the only thing he has had to worry about is the abuse he has had to take from his teammates.
To the amusement of everyone on Doyle’s return to the training ground, Algerian midfielder Adlene Guedioura greeted the Irish striker with an elbow high in the air: “Come on Doyle, you’re with me!”
McCarthy does not foresee any problems at the Hawthorns.
“Doyle is easy going — it won’t have any bearing on it,” he said. “I expect no reaction whatsoever.”
The Wexford man’s striking partner Steven Fletcher was ruled out of the Black Country derby with a calf injury and neither of reserve strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Vokes have played in the Premier League this season.
Doyle looks set to play in the lone striker role that brought Wolves success last season. McCarthy explained: “Of course it gives me the option of playing 4-5-1, but whether I choose to is another matter.
“Fletcher and Doyle have been good together.
“Sylvan has only just come back and we’ve also got Sam Vokes so I’ll see — I haven’t decided yet.”