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Published: 14:47 | 5/10/16

McCarthy'ready to go - O'Neill


James McCarthy is 'ready to go' if selected for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Georgia, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has said.

McCarthy has missed Everton's last six club games following groin surgery and manager Ronald Koeman was unhappy with O'Neill's decision to call him up to the Ireland squad for the double-header against Georgia and Moldova.

However, the midfielder has come through training without any issues and O'Neill has no doubt that he will be ready should he be included in his plans for Thursday's game at the Aviva Stadium.

"James has trained the last couple of days and is feeling not bad at all, he is fit and, if selected he is ready to go. He is over the injury, it's more fitness that'd be the concern but he wants to go, if selected," O'Neill said.

O’Neill understands Koeman’s concerns but insists he would not play McCarthy if he had any fears about his fitness.

"I would listen to the player, he has come over here and trained. He hasn't played for a couple of weeks, is his fitness is a concern, or lasting the game? Of course, but I have been involved in club management for some time, less so as an international manager but I have never played anyone who has arrived and has not been fully fit, as an international manager I have been pretty lenient about that.

"Injuries are par for the course, we have had major players, like Seamus (Coleman) and Jon Walters missing at different stages of the campaign, at important stages of the competition we have had important players missing but as I have said to the players, no one remembers in three weeks' time who played or not so you have to try and get through the games.

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