Despite an assured victory over Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup, Giovanni Trapattoni was forced to answer embarrassing questions over the whereabouts of James McCarthy and Mark Wilson who have both gone AWOL, 11 days before Ireland are due to play Macedonia in Skopje.
Wigan midfielder McCarthy, and his manager Roberto Martinez, have insisted he has an ankle injury which forced him to miss last night's Carling Cup victory at the Aviva Stadium.
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Trapattoni says he has yet to hear from the player and the FAI's medical staff are not convinced his injury is serious, after they viewed his club's scans of an injury picked up in Wigan's win at Stoke on Sunday.
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Wilson meanwhile was named by the Ireland boss in last night's starting line-up but like fellow Stoke players Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan, failed to arrive in time to feature.
However, red-faced FAI officials have admitted they have yet to hear from the Antrim-born utility man who made his Ireland debut earlier this season.
Trapattoni said: 'I don't wish to speak about the missing players. We have called up the players and they have not come. We will decide if we call them again.
'If they are injured, OK, but they must come with us so our doctor can check the injury and then we will let them go home.
'That is respect for you, for Ireland and your people. It should not happen anywhere, not just in Ireland.
'I have never known anything like it.'
Double top: Robbie Keane took his international goal tally to 48
In their absence, the Republic cruised to an easy win over their neighbours from the North, securing a 5-0 win with Stephen Ward and Simon Cox scoring on their debuts, Craig Cathcart putting through his own net and Robbie Keane taking his international tally to 48.
Keane's brace included a penalty, scored after Adam Thompson was dismissed for a professional foul on the Irish captain, who looked very unhappy when he was substituted by Trapattoni after an hour.
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