Martin O'Neill's men take on the Serbs in Group D on Monday but while Seamus Coleman has a chance of being involved as he recovers from an ankle problem, his Everton team-mate McCarthy will play no part because of a groin injury.
The 26-year-old missed last weekend's win over Stoke with the complaint and was it was thought that he would undergo a scan at Finch Farm before leaving for international duty to determine whether he would need to undergo surgery but the club haven't yet released details.
Ireland's assistant coach, Roy Keane, told reporters on Friday, however, that McCarthy had returned to Everton to have an operation, one that is likely to sideline him for at least a month.
If true, it would deprive Ronald Koeman of a second central midfielder after Muhamed Besic succumbed to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season and had to have corrective surgery himself which will keep him out until February at the earliest.
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1 Posted 01/09/2016 at 00:01:41
Moshiri: "We don't turn our backs on our own. Keeping James McCarthy was a priority, ultimately we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardise McCarthy's place at Everton."
I knew, with him starting the first few games that he was in RK's plans, and all that rubbish about him going was just rumour mongering.
To all those who treat him as the new whipping boy; his stats are superior to Sissoko's, and he was less than half the price. I'd go as far as saying, 2 players saved us from a relegation battle over the last 2 seasons: Lukaku and McCarthy.
When Arsenal were interested, did he ask for a transfer? I'm glad this club is rewarding loyalty; a fully fit Macca with the new regime's coaching could turn out to be a real asset.
2 Posted 02/09/2016 at 00:07:27
I can't help thinking that Bill nicked Moshiri's phone and sent that message to Jim White though.
3 Posted 02/09/2016 at 06:48:33
Right, so we no longer look to improve our squad in case it upsets someone? Sounds more like a Kenwrightism to me.
Glad we avoided the bullet in signing Sissoko though,lazy bugger, not worth £30m. More fool Spurs!
4 Posted 02/09/2016 at 09:42:28
Strongly believe under the right manager he can get back to where he was in his first season with us; he just needs to believe more in himself.
5 Posted 02/09/2016 at 12:49:44
8 Posted 02/09/2016 at 15:42:46
Pity he got injured again when the transfer window was open, the jury is out until the next window in January.
9 Posted 03/09/2016 at 07:55:40
10 Posted 03/09/2016 at 07:58:12
11 Posted 03/09/2016 at 09:27:24
Whether or not he has an operation, we need him to get fully fit before returning to action. His absence certainly reduces our options in centre-midfield but that may open up further opportunities for Tom Davies to show us he can fulfil his potential as a top class Premier League player.
12 Posted 03/09/2016 at 09:38:57
Hopefully he will return to provide options at a later date. Now I see why Gibson is still on the books!
13 Posted 03/09/2016 at 12:45:45
McCarthy has only ever played under Martinez, and he's been used to simply recycle the ball by winning it and keeping it, mostly passing backwards to simply keep the ball.
Koeman seems a lot more positive, this may bring something out of McCarthy that we haven't seen enough of.
Hopefully a speedy recovery us in hand and we will see a new man from last season.
14 Posted 03/09/2016 at 13:45:17
We need to get over the window, learn from it and gear up for next one, let Koeman settle in and keep grinding out results. Lukaku can go on a run... please let him be in the starting blocks!!
15 Posted 03/09/2016 at 15:06:34
Mo Besic was the first to undergo this surgical procedure recently and should come back much the better for it. There may be several more guinea pigs on the way before the season's out.
16 Posted 03/09/2016 at 22:21:47
McCarthy's name on another thread could provoke negative comments in abundance. I am definitely bought on this thread and wish him a speedy recovery.
17 Posted 04/09/2016 at 14:39:00
18 Posted 05/09/2016 at 15:50:32
This anti-Martinez rhetoric, even in jest, has to stop soon. To suggest surgery is too much and very unreasonable.
To complete an exorcism type ritual is recommended followed by a reassessment training course to include some, if not all of the following:-
1. Reverse hypnosis (as I am sure he used traditional hypnosis in the first place)
2. A range of less traumatic psych-analytical treatments including but not necessarily limited to electric shock therapy, cold water immersion, isolation (especially on the pitch on match days), sleep deprivation during the afternoons at Finch Farm, anger management, psycho-analysis - again the reverse kind.
3. Formal chemistry training with multiple sessions carried out wearing a straight jacket to ensure they listen to some straight talking without wandering off.
4. Role reversal training with defenders playing as defenders and attackers playing as defenders just to make sure they get the hang of it...
5. Special part-time study sessions on free-kicks and corners alternating with refereeing role playing to really understand the push and shove approach in the box.
6. Double sessions across the board for Jimmy Mac because of his over-exposure to the Roberto influence.
Thinking about it, surgery is probably easier...
19 Posted 05/09/2016 at 15:54:15
This guy needs to shut up and score goals!!
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