Mick McCarthy says he won't let withdrawals from his squad get him down ahead of the start of his second spell as manager of the Republic of Ireland.
The Irish squad assembled in Dublin last night ahead of the opening test of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, away to Gibraltar on Saturday.
But McCarthy had a few problems to cope with as Callum O'Dowda withdrew due to injury and joins Alan Browne and Ronan Curtis on the injured list. Shamrock Rovers player Jack Byrne is the latest call-up.
"We've had a few pullouts but that's always going to happen. I don't like to focus on what we can't deal with," McCarthy said.
"It's about focusing on what we can deal with and with the players that are here. They all seem happy to be here and we're raring to go."
McCarthy had made it clear in media interviews last week that he was very unhappy with the decision to award the Young Player of the Year award to Rice, who was also a nominee for the Senior Player of the Year award. Rice's name was barely mentioned at the awards in the RTÉ studios, Rice now part of the England squad preparing for their own Euro 2020 qualifier and his Young Player award was passed over in a matter of seconds.
O'Dowda's absence, due to a knee injury, opened a door for Shamrock Rovers man Byrne, as McCarthy saw him shine in his club's 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers on Friday.
"I'm hoping he can reproduce that passing range that he showed on Friday night, and the goal he scored was magnificent. You can never have enough of those things. It's a different standard, I know that, but he gave a real masterclass and his passing range and overall play was excellent," McCarthy said of Byrne.
Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh and Conor Hourihane will all sit out today's training session at FAI HQ in Abbotstown but should be fit to train tomorrow.
Shane Duffy, involved in FA Cup drama with Brighton yesterday, was named as the senior player of the year with other awards going to Rice (young player), Aiden O'Brien (goal of the year), Ronan Curtis (U21 player) and Chris Shields (LOI).
Herald columnist Richard Dunne was back in Dublin to accept a hall of fame award along with Emma Byrne. Former Georgia captain Kakha Kaladze was named as the international personality of the year but was not in Dublin to accept his award.
Men's senior: Shane Duffy
Women's senior: Leanne Kiernan
Young: Declan Rice
Goal of the year: Aiden O'Brien (v Poland)
U21: Ronan Curtis
Men's U19: Lee O'Connor
Women's U19: Niamh Farrelly
Men's U18: Brian Maher
Men's U17: Adam Idah
Women's U17: Emily Whelan
Men's U16: Troy Parrott
Women's U16: Jessica Ziu
Men's U15: Anselmo Garcia McNulty
Junior: Eoin Hayes
Intermediate: Darragh Reynor
Football for all: Nathalie O'Brien
Colleges and universities: Daire O'Connor
Schools: Ali Reghba
SSE Airtricity League: Chris Shields
Hall of fame: Richard Dunne/Emma Byrne
International personality: Kakha Kaladze
Special Merit: Brendan Bradley