McCARTHY RECALLS TRIO FOR CYPRUS TIE
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The trio missed the famous win over Holland earlier this month because of injury, but all three are now back to full fitness and playing for their club sides.
McCarthy has named a 22-man strong squad for the game at Lansdowne Road on October 6, but he is without Leeds United defender Gary Kelly through suspension after his sending off in the Holland game.
Tottenham Hotspur ace Gary Doherty and Blackburn Rovers winger Damien Duff are both missing with injury.
Versatile star Doherty is out with a broken leg while Duff is struggling with a hamstring injury.
The Republic, who are assured of a play-off place for the next summer's World Cup finals, still have a chance of qualifying automatically as they share the lead at the top of Group Two with Portugal, but the Portuguese have a superior goal difference and are expected to beat Estonia at home to win the group.
McCarthy admitted that he was not thinking of the play-offs and that all he was concentrating on was beating Cyprus, who they beat 4-0 in the first meeting between the two sides.
"I am not looking any further than this game against Cyprus," said McCarthy. "We want to keep on a winning roll after 14 matches unbeaten.
"Who knows what might happen between Portugal and Estonia although, realistically, we will be thinking of the play-offs the following month.
"That`s why I want to be certain those players on yellow cards do not pick up any further cautions as they will be vital for the play-offs but I will decide on that closer to the game."
Given (Newcastle), Kiely (Charlton), Kelly (Blackburn); Finnan (Fulham), Dunne (Manchester City), Staunton (Aston Villa), Breen (Coventry), O`Brien (Newcastle); Kinsella (Charlton), Roy Keane (Manchester United), Carsley (Coventry), McAteer (Blackburn), Holland (Ipswich), Kilbane (Sunderland), Kennedy (Wolves), Reid (Millwall); Delap (Southampton) Quinn (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (Leeds), Connolly (Wimbledon), Morrison (Crystal Palace).