Finally some good news on the injury front for Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. The week has been dominated by player withdrawals but James McCarthy appears to be winning his race to be fit for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.
The Everton midfielder hasn't played since for his club since March 5th due to a hamstring injury. O'Neill has consistently stated since naming his squad that McCarthy himself was always confident of being ready for the game against the Welsh but not sure what Everton manager Ronald Koeman would have to say on the matter. The Toffees make the very short trip to Anfield on April 1st for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool (a game that can be heard on Today FM's Premier League Live which starts at the earlier time of midday).
McCarthy's fitness will have a major baring on what team and formation Martin O'Neill selects on Friday night. Wales are likely to go with three at the back which could also determine how the Ireland manager approaches things. We should find out more tomorrow when O'Neill gives his pre-match press conference. He'll be hoping McCarthy shows no ill effects of today's training session.
Seamus Coleman, Shane Long and Jonny Hayes also took a full part in training.