Everton have been boosted ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday by the news that Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines are all expected to be fit to face Manchester City.
Jagielka was forced to withdraw from the England squad because of a minor thigh injury and Lukaku missed Belgium's win over Gibraltar on Monday with a similar problem but Ronald Koeman told the media at his pre-match press conference today that both will be ready for the weekend.
Baines, meanwhile, has overcome a slight hamstring strain which precluded his involvement against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace over the past three weeks and is set to resume duty at left back.
Koeman expressed doubts over McCarthy's readiness, however, describing the midfielder as having been “massively overloaded” by playing almost two full games for Ireland on the back of groin surgery and just three training sessions.
“We will have to make a decision tomorrow (Friday) to see if he's really fit to be part of the team.”
Aaron Lennon, meanwhile, is also rated as doubtful, presumably because of an knock sustained in training.
There is better news for Darron Gibson, at least for the time being. The Irishman underwent a similar operation on his groin to McCarthy's surgery and was on a similar timeline for recovery. He resumed full training over the international break and he will be hoping to finally get a period free of injury under his belt after a stop-start career at Goodison Park.
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1 Posted 13/10/2016 at 18:14:01
2 Posted 13/10/2016 at 18:46:52
3 Posted 13/10/2016 at 18:48:38
4 Posted 13/10/2016 at 19:32:37
Not too psyched about the opponents or venue, but can't wait for Saturday. Someone better punch Stones right in the pebbles.
5 Posted 13/10/2016 at 19:48:39
Everyone will need to be at full fitness and at the top of their game for us to get anything out of this. We will need some gargantuan performances from several players and solid performances from the rest.
6 Posted 13/10/2016 at 20:39:56
7 Posted 13/10/2016 at 21:03:57
8 Posted 13/10/2016 at 21:29:51
9 Posted 13/10/2016 at 22:45:15
10 Posted 13/10/2016 at 23:49:10
(The injuries were only "minor"and "slight") but failed with Ireland in relation to McCarthy? Having recently had surgery, it was amazing he was even considered never mind being "overloaded".
11 Posted 14/10/2016 at 04:16:01
12 Posted 14/10/2016 at 04:18:52
Coleman Jagielka Williams Baines
Bolasie Barkley Mirallas
(Should be no surprises there)