THE MYSTERY over James McCarthy's fitness only deepened today when Everton boss Roberto Martinez - under fire from Roy Keane over his attitude to releasing Irish players for international duty - insists that the midfielder is still an injury worry.
Martin O'Neill admitted over the weekend that McCarthy would probably have played in Friday's Euro qualifier in Scotland if it had been a club game and only yesterday he said "there was always a possibility" that McCarthy could have featured in tonight's game against the USA.
But Martinez has since stated that McCarthy has been unfit to train with his club and is a doubt for Saturday's clash with with West Ham.
"James hasn't been able to train with the team and that is a worry on a Tuesday leading up to a Saturday game," Martinez said this morning.
"It's a soft tissue injury, like Leighton Baines has, where you need to take it day by day to see how he recovers."
Martinez also said that Darron Gibson, who withdrew from the Irish squad for tonight's game, is also a concern.
"Darron played against Scotland and got a bit of soreness in his knee. He had a long lay-off with his ligament so we need to be cautious but I'm confident he will be available to train very soon."
Katie Taylor recorded a unanimous points victory in her opening fight in the Women's World Championship in Jeju, Korea this morning.
Ireland's Olympic hero, aiming for her fifth World title, overcame Dominica's Valerian Spicer.
It was far from an easy ride for Taylor with Spicer putting up a real battle before eventually going down on a points decision.