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McCarthy withdrawn from Scotland clash

by | 13/11/2014  Comments (10)  jump
James McCarthy will not feature for the Republic of Ireland in their highly-anticipated Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland tomorrow after undergoing further scans on his injured hamstring.

The scans came back clear of any tear but the Irish camp did not want to take any risks with the midfielder and he is returning to Finch Farm for treatment that will hopefully enable him to return to action in Everton's home game against West Ham United in 10 days' time.

McCarthy, who turned 24 this week, limped off at the end of Everton's draw at Sunderland on Sunday with strapping around his thigh and an injury that Roberto Martinez hoped was merely down to fatigue.

He appears to have at least strained his hamstring, although it's not clear if is a fresh injury or a recurrence of the problem that sidelined him at the end of September and early October.  

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Trevor Lynes
1 Posted 13/11/2014 at 22:22:44
LetÂ’s hope that the rest ensures he is fit for the West Ham game.
Eugene Ruane
2 Posted 13/11/2014 at 22:23:10
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 13/11/2014 at 22:22:32
Hmm, the "fatigue" word seems to be used rather a lot around young James. I would imagine that he is consistently the player who covers the most ground for us on a match. But these days every aspect of a players fitness training is monitored and tailored to suit. We shouldn't be reading suggestions about injuries developing because of fatigue in a 24-year-old, 1/3rd into the season.
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 13/11/2014 at 23:09:36
Bad news if he's had to withdraw.

Let's hope it's a matter of being back if not for West Ham next Saturday, then certainly at Spurs on November 30.

Mike Childs
5 Posted 13/11/2014 at 23:19:51
Please, spirits above, intervene and deliver Jimmy Mac to us for West Ham tie.
Harold Matthews
6 Posted 14/11/2014 at 01:13:55
I don't think the normal training manuals cater for the way this lad plays the game. Especially when less committed team-mates cause him to do a double shift. Against Sunderland, he crashed into the referee but still managed to fly past Gibson and others. This shouldn't happen in a team which means business.

For too many of our lads, it's not the end of the world if we fail to win. Mourinho and Guardola wouldn't have them. Neither should we. The level doesn't matter. Those not capable of lung-busting, high-paced sustained desire should hit the road. Pronto.

Gerard Carey
7 Posted 14/11/2014 at 12:45:44
Should not have went in the first place.
Michael Penley
8 Posted 14/11/2014 at 16:18:46
Now Baines is injured too? We won't have anyone left by the end of the season.
Steavey Buckley
9 Posted 14/11/2014 at 16:24:14
Baines injured:
Phil Walling
10 Posted 17/11/2014 at 11:21:09
I see Roberto is getting a kicking today from Roy Keane for 'wrapping McCarthy in cotton wool'. Apparently, it's a big event when he and Seamus turn up for Internationals and 'are fit to walk through reception'!

Any criticism from that source is praise indeed for our manager!

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