It’s been a nightmare campaign for the Everton fans here in the Transfer Tavern, despite it starting with such optimism.
Indeed, the Toffees in the Tavern were absolutely delighted to see the club splash big cash, but it’s just not working under Ronald Koeman right now.
So, what they really don’t need, is the restoking of an old club vs country fire.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is refusing to rule James McCarthy out of the imminent World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales.
O’Neill and Koeman have been at each other since early this year when the 26-year-old midfielder worsened his hamstring injury while on international duty, so the fact he’s not been ruled out has seriously annoyed our resident Evertonians.
‘Well, I don’t think so, no – and he doesn’t want to be ruled out at the moment”, said O’Neill when asked as to whether or not he was ruled out.
‘We’ll have to really look at that very, very carefully and see how he is. He has trained now for quite a number of days and he has joined in with the first team at Everton as well, so we’ll see how he is and take it on a day-to-day basis.’
The former Wigan is yet to feature at all this season as he looks to get over a knee injury, though reportedly trained as normal with his international teammates, much to the frustration of the Toffees in our bar.
It’d be yet another frustration for Everton. While McCarthy may not be able to command much of a regular starting berth, yet more problems off the field would cast an even more sour tone on this campaign.
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