MARTIN O'NEILL flew into Scotland today facing a midfield injury crisis and a storm over his assistant manager Roy Keane.
Ahead of tomorrow's vital Euro 2016 qualifier here in Glasgow, the Irish boss was hit with the news that midfielders James McCarthy (below) and Glenn Whelan have definitely been ruled out
The FAI confirmed this morning that the pair had lost their fitness battles and would return to their clubs instead of flying to Glasgow with their team-mates.
O'Neill must now turn his attention to that midfield conundrum with Darron Gibson, Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Quinn all fighting to win a place in central midfield for the Parkhead tie.
But O'Neill has also been forced to deal with an issue concerning assistant Roy Keane following an incident at the team hotel in Dublin last night.
"The FAI and I have been fully briefed about the circumstances of what happened at the team hotel last night. Roy asked that the Gardai be called and he has notified them of what happened. While this process is ongoing we are unable to say more at this point," O'Neill said this morning.
"Roy has both my full support and the support of the FAI and John Delaney. We are now focused, as we have been all week, on the game in hand and we won't be saying anything more."
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