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James McCarthy | Midfielder | #16

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 159

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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." Sep 19 - 5:30 PM

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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.
Aug 29 - 7:35 AM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is confident he will be fit in time for the Euro 2016 opener against Sweden on June 13.

McCarthy picked up a muscular injury on the final day of the Premier League season and has been working hard to prove his fitness after Martin O’Neill named the 25-year-old in his European Championship squad. "Yes, I should be fine," revealed McCarthy when asked if he could play in the Republic of Ireland’s first match. "I've trained with the team the last couple of days and hopefully now I can step it up. It's obviously good to be back training again with the squad and hopefully now I can kick on and step up the fitness." Robbie Keane and Jon Walters watched on from the sidelines as the pair continue their recovery from training ground calf injuries.
Source: BT Sport
Jun 3 - 1:06 PM

Martin O’Neill has gambled on James McCarthy and Robbie Keane being fit for the Euro 2016 group matches after naming the pair in his 23-man squad.

McCarthy suffered a muscular strain on the final day of the Premier League season, but he has started light sessions and is making steady progress. Keane on the other hand picked up a calf injury in training on Saturday and his availability for the opener versus Sweden on June 13 hangs in the balance. "Robbie thinks that he could be [fit for the first game]. If it's not, he thinks he'll be fit for the second game. That's the thoughts at this minute. But I'm not a doctor. He is the captain of the side," said O'Neill. Shay Given was also named in the squad following a season blighted by injury, but a thigh problem was enough to keep AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter out of this summers’ tournament.
Source: BT Sport
Jun 1 - 4:25 AM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has shaken off an injury-plagued season to be fit for the European championships this summer in France.

The Everton standout missed eight Premier League games this season due to multiple injuries and picked up a thigh injury over the final weeks of the season. The injury has kept McCarthy out of training with the Irish team as they prepare for friendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus, but Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill confirmed that he will be fit for the tournament in less than three weeks' time: "The doctor tells me James is making good progress," said O'Neill. "He's got a little bit of time. James has been an important part of the team over the last two years. It's one of those things you just want to be right rather than rushing back."
May 26 - 12:54 AM

James McCarthy is expected to miss Fridays’ friendly international against the Netherlands after failing to shake off the thigh injury he suffered on the final day of the season.

The 25-year-old midfielder was forced off during the second half of the 3-0 win over Norwich City and hasn't recovered sufficiently for his countries first European Championship warm-up match. There is no suggestion at this stage that McCarthy will not be ready for the tournament opener versus Sweden on June 13, although he will continue to receive treatment. Elsewhere, Shane Long is expected to face the Oranje despite limping out of yesterdays’ open training session after taking a whack to the knee. The Southampton forward has been in excellent form and will play a key role in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland team.
May 25 - 7:23 AM

James McCarthy received his second yellow card in the 52nd minute and, as a result, his teammates were forced to play defensively to secure a nil-nil draw.

The Toffees played well in the second half despite being a man down but couldn't beat Wayne Hennessey and had to settle for a nil-nil draw. McCarthy will miss the first of Everton's two Week 34 matches as a result of the suspension but he will be available for the Liverpool derby next mid-week and then the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United after that.
Apr 13 - 5:09 PM

James McCarthy pounced on a Watford mistake in first half stoppage time to score the opener only to see it equalized two minutes later on a Toffees mistake.

It was a sloppy match all around. There were moves that looked like they could be half chances or even better for both sides but it never really materialized into anything as the only goals were off of mistakes in first half stoppage time. Romelu Lukaku was a lonely figure at the point of the Everton attack for most of the match. He had three reasonable chances in the late going but was beaten by Craig Cathcart once, fired well wide under pressure once and headed weakly to Gomes the third time. The sides rightly settled for a draw.
Apr 9 - 12:03 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said the club expects to have James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman back in the squad within the next week and possibly as soon as Sunday.

Said Martinez: "They are medically fit and now it’s a case of whether they can get back to work and cope with the demands of a game. They are close to hitting the match fitness that you need. We are looking forward to their involvement over the next 14 days when we are going to have five games." Coleman has missed the last two Premier League matches with a hamstring injury while McCarthy has missed the last three after aggravating a groin injury. But their return comes at a critical time for the Toffees with EPL, FA Cup and League Cup action in the next 10 days.
Jan 22 - 12:21 PM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy continues his stay on the training table as he progresses in his recovery from a groin injury.

The Irish international has played only 26 minutes in the last six weeks, after returning from injury in the final game of December before aggravating the problem. McCarthy has yet to feature in 2016 as Everton just recorded its first clean sheet without him in the midweek 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Meanwhile, McCarthy's replacement in central midfielder is also a doubt for the weekend as Tom Cleverley works back from a calf injury that kept him out of the Manchester City match. Without the duo, Roberto Martinez opted to pair Muhamed Besic with Gareth Barry and could do the same against Chelsea this weekend.
Jan 15 - 7:29 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed more bad news on the injury front for the Toffees after ruling out James McCarthy for the weekend due to a groin injury.

Said Martinez: "James McCarthy clearly is not going to be available for the weekend," Martinez said on Wednesday morning. "We are going to get a bit more information today and tomorrow because his old injury flared up. We need to find out exactly what the situation is." McCarthy returned from a four-week absence to start against Stoke City only to be taken off in the 26th minute after aggravating the injury. Tom Cleverley remains a doubt for the weekend after coming on to replace McCarthy before picking up an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Martinez confirmed that he rested Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas against Stoke and that the duo are fit to face Spurs.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 11:27:00 PM

Everton are waiting on the status of James McCarthy after the midfielder lasted only 26 minutes in his return from a groin injury in Monday's 4-3 loss to Stoke City.

The Irish international had missed the previous four weeks with the groin injury before aggravating it on Monday. Manager Roberto Martinez hinted that McCarthy will need some more time to fully recover and avoid suffering another setback: "It was a blow to lose James so early. We felt we needed an extra energy and you saw that with his impact in with the assist for the first goal." McCarthy's replacement, Tom Cleverley, also suffered an injury and is doubtful for the weekend due to an Achilles problem. If neither can face Spurs on Sunday, Darron Gibson and Muhamed Besic are options in central midfield alongside Gareth Barry.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed that James McCarthy is set to miss the Boxing Day matchup with Newcastle, but could return over the festive period.

Martinez said he hopes to have McCarthy back from injury within the next week along with long-term injury absentees Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo: "We’ve got seven games in the next three weeks, so it is a really busy period...We feel very confident that, one way or another, they will be involved in those seven games as long as their fitness comes along with the work at the training ground." McCarthy has missed the last three games with a groin and hip injury as Tom Cleverley has deputised in central midfield.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:32:00 PM

Everton could be without James McCarthy for a third straight week as he continues to recover from a hip injury that has seen him miss the last two Premier League matches.

Said manager Roberto Martinez: "We will assess him today and tomorrow then make a final decision if he can be involved in the squad against Leicester. He's not too far away. If it's not Leicester, it will be one of the games around Boxing Day." Tom Cleverley has started for McCarthy in central midfield while Arouna Kone took Cleverley's place on the left wing. Meanwhile, Steven Pienaar has started training with the club following a hamstring injury and could return before the end of the year.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Everton will have to wait on the status of midfielder James McCarthy ahead of the weekend as manager Roberto Martinez said McCarthy is still working back from a hip injury.

Said Martinez: "James McCarthy will have a late fitness test to see if he can be in the squad travelling to Norwich." McCarthy has missed the last two matches for the club after picking up a hip injury in the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth in Week 14. Without McCarthy against Crystal Palace on Monday, Martinez opted to pair Tom Cleverely in central midfield with Gareth Barry while Arouna Kone came back into the starting lineup. However, the manager confirmed that the club has no new injuries and should have the same squad available from Monday.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:49:00 AM