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James McCarthy Pulls Out Of Ireland Squad For Switzerland Game

James McCarthy will play no part in the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland on Thursday.

The Crystal Palace midfielder has played just one full match – a League Cup tie against Colchester United  – since suffering a double leg-break in January 2018.

The player, his club and Mick McCarthy, the Ireland manager, have all agreed that the game against Switzerland has come too soon for the 28-year-old.

After being named in the Ireland squad last week, McCarthy has been omitted from the revised squad.

“I have spoken at length to James. He has recently moved to Crystal Palace and is only back playing,” Ireland manager McCarthy told the FAI’s website.

“James is completely free of injury but the intensity of the Switzerland game was always going to be too much for James and we discussed that. Like James, Keiren Westwood will work away now at his club and we will see how they are before we go to Georgia and Switzerland next month.”

The Palace midfielder is one of four players to exit the squad because of injury.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been replaced by Kieran O’Hara. While Matt Doherty has pulled out of the squad due to a knee injury and has been replaced by Cyrus Christie.

Sean Maguire suffered a freak eye injury in training for Preston North End. James Collins has taken his place in the squad, with McCarthy picking the Luton Town centre-forward ahead of Shane Long.

“It is hard on the four players to miss out for a game as big as the Switzerland match. We have a 24-strong squad now with James, Cyrus and Kieran coming in and we will get to work on Monday,” McCarthy said.

Here is the full Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (Bournemouth), Kieran O’Hara (Burton Albion – on loan from Manchester United)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Glenn Whelan (Hearts), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic – on loan from West Ham United), James McClean (Stoke City), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

Forwards: Callum Robinson (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town), Scott Hogan (Stoke City – on loan from Aston Villa), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United)

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