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James McCarthy ruled out as Dundalk star joins up with Ireland squad

Gary Rogers has linked up with Martin O’Neill’s side as they prepare to face Serbia.

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JAMES MCCARTHY HAS officially been ruled out of Monday’s Ireland-Serbia game, with the Everton midfielder still recovering from a groin injury, while Dundalk stopper Gary Rogers has linked up with the squad.

McCarthy had already been a big doubt for the game, having missed Everton’s last Premier League match through injury, and his absence means a fringe player could now be given a chance in midfield.

Stephen Quinn and Harry Arter started in midfield against Oman last night, and both will be hoping they did enough to earn a place in the starting XI to face Serbia.

Meanwhile, Rogers comes into the squad as third-choice goalkeeper, with O’Neill confirming on Monday that David Forde had withdrawn as he seeks to establish himself at Portsmouth.

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