Martin O'Neill was quick to distance himself from any blame this morning with regard to Everton midfielder James McCarthy's latest hamstring problem.
The Republic of Ireland boss clashed with his Toffees counterpart Ronald Koeman last year over McCarthy's injury issues.
The Dutchman claimed that McCarthy was "massively overloaded" following his participation in the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova last October, shortly after overcoming a thigh injury.
O'Neill refuted that claim in November ahead of the trip to Austria for which he included McCarthy in the squad despite the fact he had a hamstring injury which would see him withdraw eventually.
Koeman revealed yesterday, after leaving McCarthy out of the squad to face West Brom, that he is "one or two weeks" away from being fit."Well if he's disappointed he's got another injury, certainly I don't think we can be blamed for that", O'Neill said at today's squad announcement.
"We haven't had him for quite a few months. Everton have had him all this time so I don't think he can attach any blame to us.
"Although you never know", quipped the Derryman who then revealed he had spoken to McCarthy in the last couple of days.
"He's actually feeling not too bad at all. I will just keep in touch with him during this week. He's hoping that he will be maybe in full training by the end of the week and then we will assess it after that. So, we'll see."
Ahead of this month's World Cup qualifier against Wales O'Neill named a 39-man provisional squad which saw first senior call-ups for Brentford defender John Egan and Reading midfielder Liam Kelly.
The squad are due to arrive in Dublin on Sunday ahead of the Three FAI International Awards which take place that evening.
There is a full week of training then ahead of the sold-out clash with the Welsh at the Aviva Stadium on Friday week.