McCarthy to miss Nations Cup

Martinez revealed the Latics had sent the relevant medical reports

to the Irish camp, a day after Giovanni Trapattoni said one player,

believed to be McCarthy, had not returned his calls ahead of

Tuesday night’s clash with Northern Ireland and Sunday’s meeting

with Scotland. But Martinez insists there is no suggestion of

McCarthy having gone AWOL, and that he needs a month-long rest

after suffering the injury against Stoke at the weekend. “He had a

challenge in the game against Stoke with Jermaine Pennant, we had a

scan and the scan revealed grade one ligament damage in his right

ankle,” the Spaniard said on Tuesday afternoon. “We passed the

report to the Republic of Ireland medical team and they are well,

well aware. That is where James had an operation earlier this

season and it is an area that is a bit of a concern. “We have to

work together to try and get him a speedy recovery but he is not

available to play and he will need at least three or four weeks to

recover.” Scotland-born McCarthy’s relationship with Trapattoni has

long been a fractious one, with the former Hamilton man withdrawing

from the squad to face his native country in February, fuelling

speculation he would rather play for them. However, the 20-year-old

committed his future to Ireland by turning out against Macedonia in

a European Championship qualifier in March. His withdrawal comes a

day after Celtic striker Anthony Stokes angered Trapattoni by

pulling out of the squad owing to tiredness. “He is a good player

but you must also have will, desire,” the Italian said of Stokes.

“Injuries are injuries, but they should visit our doctor. That is

the rule. If they are asked by the national team they must go. “If

they are in hospital or they are dead, that is OK, but if there is

an injury they should see our doctor.”