Duo out of Irish squad
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
MICK McCARTHY`S World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow with the news that Lee Carsley and Kevin Kilbane have been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday's friendly against Denmark.
Combative midfielder Carsley damaged his knee during Everton`s thrilling win over Derby at the weekend, while Sunderland winger Kilbane suffered a head injury against Southampton.
Confirming Carsley`s injury, Toffees boss David Moyes said: "Lee has tweaked his medial ligaments and it looks as though he will be out for the next few weeks."
Despite the withdrawal of the key duo, McCarthy insists he has no plans to add to his party.
He said: "Originally I named a 25-man squad for this game knowing that it was inevitable that injuries might occur at this time of the season.
"I have no intention to add to my panel at the moment."
Carsley`s injury will be a blow to Everton, as they are still in the relegation dog-fight despite the thrilling 4-3 win over Derby.