The midfielder has been out of action for club and country for the past six weeks and he was forced to return to Finch Farm from international duty to go under the knife to correct the injury last month.
His rehabilitation from the operation is complete but Everton manager Ronald Koeman will no doubt be concerned over the McCarthy's match readiness given that he only has a few full training sessions under his belt.
Asked about the situation in his press conference last week, the Dutchman expressed his reservations about McCarthy's call-up by Ireland but admitted he had little control over the situation.
"[T]hey've called James up after not playing for six weeks. You have to accept the Fifa rule [allowing them to do that].
"The player wants to go. I hope [Ireland] will protect the player and realise that he hasn't had team training for five to six weeks. [McCarthy] is a risk... but we'll see what happens next week.”
O'Neill reiterated McCarthy's desire to play in his comments to the Irish media today and was quoted in the Irish Times as saying that he will be selected in the team if he feels he is ready.
“I'll listen to the player,” the Ireland boss said. “He's over the injury. Would his fitness be a concern? Of course, and lasting the match would be a concern.
"But he has trained over the last couple of days and I think [that he thinks] he's fit and wants to go if selected.”
O'Neill's assistant, Roy Keane, meanwhile has stressed that the Irish camp won't be taking any unnecessary risks with players and insists they don't go against clubs' advice when it comes to selection.
"I don't think we've ever yet put a player in where we thought we were taking a massive risk with him and almost going against the club's wishes," Keane. "We take that on board, of course we do.
“James did a bit on Monday, we had a bit of a game on Tuesday and he's come through it, no reaction.
"I'd like to think he'd be available for Thursday. Obviously we've been getting medical feedback from the club doctor and our own doctor but the most important feedback I always look for is from the player.
"He seems really upbeat and actually looked quite sharp in training."
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1 Posted 05/10/2016 at 17:14:14
2 Posted 05/10/2016 at 18:45:56
3 Posted 05/10/2016 at 20:12:23
Gibson was fit, for once, played for his country and went for a ball awkwardly and did his cruciate. Absolutely no fault can be applied to the Irish manager. FIFA rules applied, so Everton were NOT out of pocket for his wages.
Don't know what incident you refer to with Coleman.
If McCarthy plays and has a recurrence of his groin injury, the Irish FA will have to pay his wages. If he picks up an unrelated injury, FIFA will pick up the tab. In my opinion, he shouldn't be considered for this match after his operation, even if he thinks he is over it, as he is not match fit.
4 Posted 05/10/2016 at 21:13:21
5 Posted 05/10/2016 at 21:17:05
I'm sick of the same old conversations on ToffeeWeb every time the International week comes around.
If he's fit let him play and get some much needed game time, just like Coleman did the last time.
6 Posted 05/10/2016 at 22:02:14
7 Posted 06/10/2016 at 00:24:24
8 Posted 06/10/2016 at 08:38:45
Frank, I'm not bothered about the wages, but I am bothered if he comes back too soon and we are without him because of it. With Gueye going to the ACN we will need him back to his best. It should be down to the medical staff.
9 Posted 06/10/2016 at 10:20:13
10 Posted 06/10/2016 at 11:24:51
I don't think he should've traveled at all but FIFA set the rules.
But the other side of the coin is: if Barry is fit, both he and Gana will start against Man City so where will McCarthy get any match fitness?
So, in this case, probably worth taking the chance.
11 Posted 06/10/2016 at 11:38:25
12 Posted 06/10/2016 at 14:53:45
The point about the wages was made in answer to a previous post and several others in the past quoting the Gibson injury, who seemed to think that Everton have to pay players who get injured on International duty.
We will need him fit in January as you say.
Coleman played against Serbia, was shaken enough, but got some game time, which helped him fit in for next club game and he's been fine since. So there are 'potential' positives. What they call a risk/reward hole in golf?
13 Posted 06/10/2016 at 15:13:24
His injury record has been poor for quite a while now. Remember many of us moaning about Martinez's so called Physio knowledge, bringing him back too early from hammy strains?
We really will need him soon, so I am hoping he just gets 15 mins at the end.
14 Posted 06/10/2016 at 15:27:20
The most important feedback is indeed from the player. McCarthy is hardly going to risk another spell on the sidelines, or even risk his football career for a qualifier group match, is he. It's not a World Cup Final we're looking at.
Barry @ 4
Because he's Roy Keane... magic player that never held anything back and tells it like it is still. Love it when he's asked a stupid question!
15 Posted 06/10/2016 at 16:13:59
His injury record the last 2 seasons has not been good... suggesting that relying on the player's opinion is not the best course of action.
16 Posted 06/10/2016 at 16:52:47
17 Posted 06/10/2016 at 19:15:48
18 Posted 06/10/2016 at 19:27:26
It will be interesting to see how long he lasts.
19 Posted 06/10/2016 at 20:03:25
Hope he plays. If anything happens to Barry or Gana, he needs to be able to answer the call. It's in everybody's interest that he plays and is match ready. Good luck to him and the Irish team.
20 Posted 06/10/2016 at 20:49:12
21 Posted 06/10/2016 at 20:59:30
Great stuff, Seamus!
22 Posted 06/10/2016 at 22:01:22
Interestingly, he says that Koeman is allowing that to happen in a way that Martinez's systems did not over his last two seasons. We need to see much more of it.
23 Posted 06/10/2016 at 22:45:56
I mean it's natural enough I suppose for a manager, looking for crosses for his big lumpy forwards, to think "Ooh look, a tricky Spanish / Belgian / Congolese winger, he'll do me."
However, Coleman never looks better than when he has the entire right side of the pitch to himself.
When he's looked ineffective and somewhat 'confused' (to me) is when there is a winger ahead of him kind of... um... getting in his way.
I remember on quite a few occasions last season, Coleman and Deulofeu almost occupying the same space. f I'd been Seamus, I'd have been thinking "Why don't you piss off up by the corner-flag and let me have a run at them." And if I'd been Deulofeu, I'd have been thinking "I'm here now, you get back and let me do my thing."
I have no real solution but if there's a winger playing with Seamus, there needs imo to be more of a plan (?) than I've seen so far.
24 Posted 06/10/2016 at 22:50:23
25 Posted 07/10/2016 at 11:01:37
The lad has weak hamstrings. Not good.
26 Posted 07/10/2016 at 19:27:58
27 Posted 07/10/2016 at 20:38:32
28 Posted 08/10/2016 at 00:07:49
29 Posted 08/10/2016 at 01:07:49