Ireland’s James McCarthy a major doubt for Denmark playoff

David Unsworth confirms Everton midfielder is facing a ‘couple of weeks’ on sidelines

James McCarthy is a major doubt for Ireland’s World Cup playoff clash with Denmark. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

James McCarthy is a major doubt for Ireland’s World Cup playoff clash with Denmark. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

 

James McCarthy is a major doubt for Ireland’s World Cup playoff clash with Denmark after David Unsworth confirmed the Everton midfielder is a ‘couple of weeks’ away from fitness.

Speaking to the BBC’s Conor McNamara in the wake of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City, the stand-in Everton boss has effectively ruled McCarthy out of the two-legged tie, which will be played on November 11th and 14th.

Unsworth confirmed he would speak to Ireland boss Martin O’Neill about the 26-year-old’s fitness and “what is best for club and player.”

McCarthy made his long-awaited return to first team action last week, playing the first 62 minutes of Everton’s League Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

However, he has since picked up a hamstring injury which is set to rule him out of next months playoff against the Danes.

O’Neill is already without David Meyler for the first-leg trip to Copenhagen, as he serves a one game suspension.

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