McCarthy out until October

, 8 September, 28comments  |  Jump to most recent
Ronald Koeman doesn't expect James McCarthy to be fit until the end of the month after the Irishman underwent surgery on his groin.

The manager told the television media that McCarthy had surgery to correct the problem this week and that he will be out for "three weeks."

The 26-year-old was sent back to Finch Farm from the Republic of Ireland's training camp after scans revealed that the injury was unlikely to heal on its own in time.  

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Martin Nicholls
1 Posted 08/09/2016 at 17:41:01
Why did he go to ROI training camp in first place? RK had already said he may need surgery.
Nick Armitage
2 Posted 08/09/2016 at 17:56:35
As shite as McCarthy is, the only senior back up there now is Gibson, who is even more injury prone than Besic.

Maybe there was more to the Sissoko transfer than Moshiri was letting on.

Clive Mitchell
3 Posted 08/09/2016 at 18:10:13
Nick, 2 - a ridiculous description of McCarthy.
Ian Jones
4 Posted 08/09/2016 at 18:13:31
Nick, or we could just reshuffle the pack / midfield etc and use one of our youngsters. I hear Davies is useful...
John Francis
5 Posted 08/09/2016 at 18:31:11
Maybe Valencia could do the job there. Read somewhere he started out in that position before being turned into an attacker.
Steavey Buckley
6 Posted 08/09/2016 at 18:31:34
It was very perverse of O'Neil to insist on McCarthy joining the Irish squad for training when it was clear he was never going to be fit enough to play, so delaying his come back.
Julian Wait
7 Posted 08/09/2016 at 19:31:53
If we had to, i.e. if Gana or Barry are injured, I expect we'd use a 3-5 based formation with Baines and Coleman in the 5 along with a more attacking substitute for the missing midfielder.
Denis Richardson
8 Posted 08/09/2016 at 19:36:30
With Gana in the side McCarthy is not a starter anymore at CM anyway. He's not (and never will be) a Full-Back, Wing Back or Winger so his role in the side really is just as backup nowadays. He won't be missed as long as Gana and Barry can play and we have another international break as it is in 3 weeks time so he's actually got 5 weeks to get fit.

Basic and Gibson maybe injured but we also have Cleverley and Davies as back up in CM. If the rumours of a £20m bid for McCarthy were true, the club really should have cashed in imo. Could have used the funds to bring in players in positions we're short on in January. As it is, we'll just have an expensive backup warming the bench once he's fit.

Mick Davies
9 Posted 08/09/2016 at 19:44:49
Nick @ 2, do you ever watch any Everton games?
Peter Roberts
10 Posted 08/09/2016 at 19:58:24
Martinez wants suing for ruining this lad. 3 hamstring injuries on the bounce because he was rushed back. Never been the same since.
Paul Tran
11 Posted 08/09/2016 at 20:16:41
Hear, hear Peter.
Paul Hewitt
12 Posted 08/09/2016 at 20:23:15
How anyone can call McCarthy shit is unbelievable.
Tony Abrahams
13 Posted 08/09/2016 at 20:29:52
Peter, he's also played for most of his professional life under Martinez, so How anyone could write this kid off before Koeman has had a chance to work with him is beyond me.

He has a very good engine and he's also a very good defensive midfielder. If Koeman, can get McCarthy to be more positive on the ball, then I think he can still become a really valuable player.

It might take time to get "keep the ball" Martinez, out of his system, but I wouldn't bet against James McCarthy becoming a key player again for Everton in the future.

Patrick Carty
14 Posted 08/09/2016 at 20:57:04
Not too bothered about McCarthy missing a couple of weeks to be honest.

I think he would've been a sub anyway and it might give Tom Davies a bit of game time from the bench.

Dave Paul
15 Posted 08/09/2016 at 21:18:34
Really don't get why so many people are being overly negative when it comes to McCarthy. In the Martinez reign, he was one of the only players to actually press the opponent when we were without the ball (a reason I believe for Why he is suffering injuries now – I'd love to see how much ground he actually covered in some of the games).

For the 1st season and most of the 2nd season under Martinez, I seem to remember he was very impressive. Yes, he could use the ball more effectively from a creative perspective but it's not like all defensive midfielders are creative. I hope Koeman gets hold of him, and with a TEAM who properly press the ball, gets him back to where he was – and maybe better.

Peter Fitzpatrick
17 Posted 09/09/2016 at 02:56:22
Some people slag Lukaku off for not being loyal, then actually call McCarthy shit cos he was one of many who had a bad season, under bad management. He was injured for half of the second season under Martinez, and made a visible difference to the team when he came back from injury.

As others have said, give him some time to get Roberto's garbage out his head, and give him some time under Koeman and at the very least he will become a decent squad player. At Hamilton and Wigan, he was known for his passing ability, so he must have that in him still.

Abhishek Saha
18 Posted 09/09/2016 at 02:58:54
We have some 7 players in CM .. Barry, Gana, Cleverley, Macca, Besic, Davies and Gibson. Sorry, 6 please exclude the last one.

Barry and Gana were the automatic first choice pairing if the performances are anything to go by. If Barry picks up few suspensions (he surely will with time), we still have Davies and Cleverley.


Mick Davies
19 Posted 09/09/2016 at 03:29:46
"Lukaku never moves, lazy bastard" etc etc . . "McCarthy just runs all day, waste of space" blah blah blah
Liam Reilly
20 Posted 09/09/2016 at 07:29:03
I'll never understand the need to castigate our own on this site; to call McCarthy 'shite' is nonsense.

This break will be good for the lad and he can take time to get fully fit; something his previous Manager and National Manager felt they couldn't allow him time to do.

Hopefully well see the real McCarthy upon his return.

Thomas Surgenor
21 Posted 09/09/2016 at 07:34:55
McCarthy is a very good player. He has a lot of energy and has proved he can be positive with the ball when allowed.

In the Unsworth game, I thought he was a lot more dynamic and positive than he had been since Season One. I'm hoping for a return to the Season One McCarthy.

Players have already spoken out about Martinez demanding the side ways passing. I'm prepared to give McCarthy a chance when he is back to full fitness. I think he will flourish under Koeman. On a side note, I think Cleverley is done and won't be able to play the Koeman way.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 09/09/2016 at 09:09:31
James will be back and he will be needed, should be fit just after the next international break, he is a good player and should flourish under Koeman, best of luck James.
James Stewart
25 Posted 09/09/2016 at 10:14:53
Would have been better for all parties had he moved on. Doesn't impact the game in any meaningful way despite his impressive ground covered stats. Gueye is simply better in every department, harsh but true. Would have been a good signing for the likes of Hull, Palace etc.

I would love to see Davies get more game time which is another reason why Sissoko was a bullet dodged.

Christopher Timmins
26 Posted 09/09/2016 at 11:36:37
Looking forward to having him back and helping the team in early October. Given Barry's age he will still play a significant part in our season.
Brian Furey
27 Posted 09/09/2016 at 12:19:01
Are some people crazy to be showing McCarthy the door? Barry and Gueye will no doubt pick up numerous yellow (and red) cards with the way they put in so many tackles and no doubt will get injuries too. Besic and Gibson are often out injured so it would be mad to sell McCarthy.

Many complaining our squad is too small and we didn't bring in enough new players yet many saying get rid of others. Lots of clubs would love to have him.

Anto Byrne
29 Posted 09/09/2016 at 13:46:21
Reading between the lines, it looked like McCarthy was off in a trade for Sissoko. Given that he is unfit and needs surgery, the deal was pulled. Sell-to-buy is good business practice... no wonder Moshiri is a Gazillionaire.
John Raftery
30 Posted 09/09/2016 at 16:55:41
People think we are well off for central midfield players. On paper that is true at the moment but it is a long season. A suspension or two, an injury or two, the departure of Gueye (and Bolasie) to the African Nations tournament in January and suddenly the picture may not be quite so rosy.

We need a strong squad with top quality cover in all positions. In that regard, McCarthy fits the bill.

Jimmy Sørheim
31 Posted 09/09/2016 at 17:07:29
I think McCarthy should have been sold to be totally honest, the lad offers nothing creative-wise or goal-wise; just get rid in January.

In the meantime, Gibson and McCarthy can compete in training... not a bad situation in my view; with those two ready fitness-wise, we look okay in the centre of midfield.

Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 09/09/2016 at 18:10:06

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