Everton fans here in the Tavern have been long awaiting regular team football for reliable midfielder James McCarthy. But the latest news coming out of Finch Farm will only go to dampen the Blues’ hopes.
The Irishman has always been a reliable customer for Everton in the middle of the midfield, as one of their star men that never fails to please at Goodison Park.
Indeed, after already missing 28 games this season due to picking up a knee and hamstring injury in quick succession. Things just got a whole lot worse for the side, as the 27-year-old sustained a double leg fracture in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom, with a year out on the sideline being the likely outcome, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
Surgery will be the required remedy for the midfielder as he looks to begin his long road of progression back playing football once again, as Sam Allardyce confirmed the player won’t return for the rest of the season.
Salomon Rondon’s slip eased into the back of McCarthy’s right leg that made for some emotional scenes, as the striker left the field with tears to later go on to visit the midfielder in his hospital bed.
Everton captain Ashley Williams later went on to speak about the matter as he stated this:
“We are gutted more than I could tell you. It is really bad. It wasn’t nice when it happened. I’ve been there with Seamus and other players. It just seems to keep happening to the most honest people. It doesn’t seem fair.”
Having made 108 appearances in the royal blue of Everton, he’s established himself as a fan favourite that will be dearly missed in the club’s future.
Significant for many, in a side that currently has limited options for a central-midfielder, the ineffective Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin are now tasked with controlling the flow of the midfield themselves.
After a similar injury was sustained by right-back Seamus Coleman, an injury curse seems to be lingering over on Merseyside.
Everton’s early season woes look to return after the horrific injury caused to the midfielder, something that will potentially have huge effects on the Blues’ season moving forward. With no real back-up in midfield, teams may now see this as a weak point that could spell trouble for the Blues.
A player that will be a huge miss for the side, with his aggression, leadership and his ability becoming so important in past seasons at Goodison Park.
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