Healy on plane but Doherty to miss out
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic midfielder Healy, who has been on loan at Coventry since January, was the man-of-the-match in his third international appearance for the Republic of Ireland as they edged the United States of America on Wednesday and certainly impressed his international boss.
"I thought Colin was excellent," said McCarthy. "He stamped his authority on the game and got better and better.
"He had another good game and is causing me a problem, but it is a nice problem to have and a nice option."
Doherty's goal three minutes from time settled the affair and capped a dream comeback to international football in only his second competitive game since breaking his ankle in September.
But the Spurs utility man, who came on as a late substitute at centre back, is unlikely to make the final 23, despite being able to play at centre forward or in defence.
"Gary shouldn't really have been here," said McCarthy. "He wasn't going to come. He is a lovely guy - as they all are - and it was very hard when you see him break his leg.
"He thought his season was over, so for him to come along, then get on and score the winner, is the stuff dreams are made of.
"I think his best position is centre-half, although he can be a threat up front because of his height and his eye for goal.
"I am not ruling anybody out - I can't because of what might happen with injuries. But I have to say it is unlikely, because he has not been in the squad, although it is not impossible."
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