Sky Sports News HQ understands that McCarthy and the Irish medical staff were happy that the midfielder was fit to play on Friday. One source told SSNHQ today that Koeman's accusations were "absolute nonsense".
"To suggest that we ignored the advice of the our medical team is total rubbish," the source said. "Mr Koeman needs to check his facts before he says such things."
We understand O'Neill tried to contact Koeman on several occasions before Christmas after their latest fall-out. However, Koeman failed to return his calls.