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James McCarthy | Midfielder | #16

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 159

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he hopes midfielder James McCarthy could take part in some preseason training this summer.
The Irish international suffered a double leg break two months ago against West Brom and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the horrific injury, one that fellow Irishman Seamus Coleman only just returned from. After rumours linking him with big-money moves to Arsenal among other top sides, McCarthy has endured two injury-plagued years, but Allardyce said he hoped next season could a fresh start for the midfielder: It is down to the specialist and them saying if and when James can start moving forward. The specialist will guide us on how far we can go and with a bit of luck we can look forward to James starting the next pre-season with us." Mar 16 - 2:54 AM

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James McCarthy has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an "awful injury" at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Everton midfielder was stretchered off following a challenge on West Brom attacker Salomon Rondon on the hour mark, a tackle which left McCarthy lying in agony and the Venezuelan visibly shaken. "It's a tibular and fibular [double leg] fracture compounded. A very nasty injury," Sam Allardyce told BBC Sport. "We’ll do the operation as quick as we can." Average recovery time is around nine months, although teammate Seamus Coleman has already spent over 300 days on the sidelines. McCarthy has endured a stop / start season due to a persistent hamstring problem but having returned to the fore in December, the 27-year-old was hoping to push on in 2018 following an injury plagued couple of years. Idrissa Gueye is the player most likely to come in to sit alongside Morgan Schneiderlin.
Source: BT Sport
Jan 20 - 2:09 PM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has suffered another setback in his recovery injury.

The 26-year-old has been battling ongoing knee and hamstring problems for most of the year, injuries which have restricted him to just a single Premier League start. But, following 60 minutes in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, it was hoped that McCarthy could kick on under new temporary manager David Unsworth. However, the caretaker boss revealed, following the defeat to Leicester, that the Republic of Ireland international had suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury which is likely to mean "a couple of weeks" on the sidelines: "Unfortunately, after the Chelsea game he got a little tweak. We got it scanned on Friday and there’s a little strain there. It’s disappointing because he’s a big player for us." The news will come as a huge blow to Martin O’Neill as the injury is expected to rule him out of next month’s World Cup playoff game against Denmark.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 09:23:00 AM

Everton will have some added midfield depth with Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy set to return from injury.

McCarthy has been missing since April after sustaining yet another hamstring injury, using the last few weeks to build fitness with the U23s before his first-team return. However, the Irish international will face a difficult time breaking into the Toffees's starting lineup with a crowded midfield, including Schneiderlin's return. Said interim manager David Unsworth: "Both James and Morgan are available for Wednesday and they were part of the group this morning when I spoke to the players...The spirit was great – within five minutes of the ball rolling the players were buzzing and it was a really good session. They reacted straight away and we have done a little bit of work on Wednesday’s game. They were very receptive to what we were doing. The quality was there and the atmosphere we want was there."
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Leicester City have reportedly made an enquiry for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

The Daily Mail claims the Foxes have approached Everton over the availability of McCarthy, with the Toffees slapping a £25 million price tag on the Republic of Ireland international. The 26-year-old looks increasingly like his time at Goodison Park is coming to an end after an injury-riddled 2016-17 season, which saw him limited to just 12 Premier League appearances, and the January signing of Morgan Schneiderlin. But despite serious uncertainty surrounding his future, it remains to be seen if Leicester are willing to table a bid on par with Everton's valuation. Although the Foxes look set to lose Papy Mendy to Bordeaux this summer, manager Craig Shakespeare still has plenty of options in central midfield—Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and summer signing Vicente Iborra.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 10:14:00 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is resigned to losing James McCarthy for the rest of the season following an injury setback.

The midfielder has missed the last month with a hamstring injury that worsened while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. And with only four weeks left in the season, Koeman said he doesn't believe there is enough time for McCarthy to regain full fitness: "James McCarthy is still separate from the group," said the Toffees boss. "I don’t know if he will be available until the end of the season. We have four weeks to go and I don’t know if we will reach a good level physically to play. We will wait because it's not the first time he is out. We need to wait to see at what time in the season he will be back available."
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 01:38:00 AM

The Republic of Ireland squad received an unexpected boost in the wake of what Martin O’Neill described as his worst injury crisis in three years.

Already without the suspended Robbie Brady for the Group D qualifier against Wales, O’Neill’s squad has been decimated by injury after Wes Hoolahan, Harry Arter, Shane Duffy were confirmed absentees along with Newcastle trio Ciaran Clark, Rob Elliot and Daryl Murphy. However, after all but ruling James McCarthy out earlier this week, the Everton midfielder could make a surprise appearance at the Aviva Stadium. "He is improving very quickly," O’Neill said during Thursday afternoons press conference. "He's done some work. He's feeling much better so we'll assess it." Ireland currently top the group and another victory, against the unbeaten Welsh, would see them move seven-points ahead of their rivals at the midway point of this qualification campaign.
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Everton will have to cope without midfielder James McCarthy for the next few weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the injury kept McCarthy out of the club's 3-0 win against West Brom on Saturday. The injury-prone midfielder has already missed 11 league games due to injury, but it may clear up a crowded midfield selection crisis for Koeman. Said the manager: "James, again, he has some problems on his hamstring. It happened at the beginning of last week, that is really painful for himself but also for me because I like him and we like to progress with, continue with James. It is not a big hamstring, maybe he will be out for one or two weeks, but I am really disappointed about that."
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 09:21:00 AM

Everton is finally on the back end of its injury troubles with Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy due back this weekend.

The midfielders missed the club's scoreless draw with Middlesbrough in Week 25 due to a pair of knocks, but are set to return to training this week ahead of the club's weekend match with Sunderland. It comes as welcome news with Romelu Lukaku close to full fitness and Muhamed Besic nearing a return from a long-term injury in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak. Said manager Ronald Koeman: "They are progressing well. We knew that they would not play in the friendly this Friday but next week, from Tuesday on, they will be available for all the training sessions. Normally they would be fit for the weekend of Sunderland."
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 04:07:00 AM

Everton will have to continue without James McCarthy and Maarten Stekelenburg for the upcoming FA Cup weekend.

Manager Ronald Koeman confirmed the duo will need more time to recover from injuries that have kept them out for the past month and won't be available to face Leicester City in the FA Cup, whil remaining doubts for a big Week 21 match against Manchester City. Meanwhile, Aaron Lennon is also a doubt for the upcoming week. Said Koeman: "James [McCarthy] still isn’t in the team training. He may or may not be ready for the game against Manchester City next week. Maarten [Stekelenburg] is still out. It was a dead leg and we probably expected to have him back in training a little bit sooner. Normally, he will start training with our goalkeeper coach for the first time tomorrow, then we will see."
Fri, Jan 6, 2017 12:24:00 PM

The injury problems keep piling on midfielder James McCarthy, who is now set for another spell on the sidelines.

The Irish international has only featured in seven Premier League matches this season after a slew of minor injuries has kept him out for much of the year. But now, after regaining his start in the starting lineup, manager Ronald Koeman said McCarthy will miss the next few weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the Merseyside derby on Monday. "McCarthy is out with a slight hamstring and that's bad news because he was doing well," Koeman said. "I am worried because of his many muscle problems but I think he can be back in two or three weeks."
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 06:27:00 PM

James McCarthy could miss the entire festive fixture program after he picked up a muscular injury on Monday night against Liverpool.

The Everton midfielder appeared to overstretch towards the end of the first half but was given the chance to see out the remaining five minutes, after treatment, while Gareth Barry was sent to warm-up. However, the Republic of Ireland international did not appear for the second forty-five and Ronald Koeman confirmed post-match that McCarthy had suffered a hamstring strain, the extent of which would be determined by further tests over the next 24-48hrs. Barry was rested in the 2-1 win over Arsenal [GW16] and Koeman named an unchanged side for the Merseyside derby, but McCarthy's latest setback, is likely to earn the 35-year-old a recall in the upcoming matches against Leicester, Hull and Southampton. The Everton boss will also run the rule over goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg after he was forced off with a leg injury following a collision with teammate Leighton Baines.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 02:20:00 PM

James McCarthy is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during training.

Ronald Koeman criticised Martin O’Neill earlier this month for his treatment of the Toffees midfielder during the recent international break and Everton’s worst fears have been realised. The Dutchman claimed McCarthy was "massively overloaded" after playing 171 World Cup Qualifying minutes across two games, just four days apart, having spent the previous six weeks recovering from groin surgery. The Everton boss accused the Republic of Ireland of "killing the player" and McCarthy was restricted to a role from the bench at Manchester City. However, the 25-year-old did not travel with the group to Turf Moor in game week nine, and Koeman later confirmed that his absence was caused by a hamstring tear sustained in training which could keep McCarthy out until the end of November.
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 10:29:00 AM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed in his pre-match news conference that James McCarthy and Darron Gibson remain sidelined.

The Irish midfield duo each required minor groin operations after suffering injuries prior to the most recent international break. Gibson has been relegated to a secondary role this season due to the club's gridlock in midfielder, which has even forced McCarthy into a wing-back position to make room for summer signing Idrissa Gueye. They are expected back after the next international break. Said Koeman: "Darron had a groin operation and he will be out the normal time - the same as James McCarthy, around three weeks."
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 05:30:00 PM

James McCarthy could require surgery to remedy an ongoing groin problem with Everton likely to make a decision this week.

McCarthy has had an indifferent start under the stewardship of Ronald Koeman. Having played in the opener against Tottenham, he was then restricted to just 38 minutes at the Hawthorns after the Toffees boss opted for a change of tactics following a poor start. Named in the starting XI for the midweek cup game versus Yeovil Town, McCarthy lasted an hour before he was forced off with what Koeman initially described as a minor knock. However, speaking the press on Saturday, the Dutchman revealed that McCarthy’s injury was a lot more serious than first thought: "He has a groin problem. We need to decide if it is operation, yes or no." The 25-year-old has struggled because of injury since late 2015, spending over three-months on the sidelines, but following his involvement at Euro 2016, McCarthy was believed he was over the niggling issues which have hampered his year.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 07:35:00 AM