James McCarthy is only fitness concern for Ireland ahead of Moldova clash tomorrow

Update 1pm: James McCarthy is the Republic of Ireland's only concern ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium.

The entire squad trained at Abbotstown this afternoon, but manager Martin O'Neil says the Everton midfielder is lacking match fitness.

McCarthy has yet to play for his club this season, due to a persistent hamstring problem.

Earlier: The Republic of Ireland complete the preparations for their penultimate World Cup qualifier today.

Martin O'Neill has no injury concerns ahead of tomorrow's match against Moldova at the Aviva Stadium.

The Boys in Green must win their final two games to keep alive their hopes of a place in the play offs.

Ireland will be hoping for a favour from England and Scotland tonight.

Gareth Southgate's side will be confirmed as Group F winners if they beat Slovenia at Wembley.

Defeat would be a blow to the visitors' hopes of finishing second.

A win over Slovakia in Glasgow could move Scotland into the play off place, although a draw might be a better result for Ireland.

A draw between Group E second place contenders Montenegro and Denmark would also be a favourable result for Martin O'Neil's men.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland welcome world champions Germany to Windsor Park tonight.

The North have already secured second place in Group C, but can still confirm their place in the play offs.


KEYWORDS: Ireland, Moldova

 

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