Roberto Martinez said last week that McGeady was ready to return to full training after missing the Blues' pre-season with the soft-tissue injury, one that came on the heels of a back problem earlier this year.
O'Neill reveals, however, that concerns over the former Celtic player's hamstring date back to last year and that he advised the 29-year-old to get properly fit to avoid exacerbating the issue over the long term.
“You would think that as a professional player, a professional athlete, (that he would be aware that should be the priority)," O'Neill is quoted in the Irish Times.
“I’m not so sure any of us had been totally aware that this tightening of his hamstring had been going on for a year or something like that."
While O'Neill has been critical of Everton in the last in relation to the fitness of James McCarthy – he, too, suffered with hamstring issues last season – McGeady does not appear to have been helped by the fact that he was given a pain-killing injection to enable him to play for Ireland in Euro2016 qualifying against Poland.
“As a club manager I would hate any international manager interfering and saying ‘nobody is looking after this player’. You [the player] have got to take responsibility yourself. You’ve got to look after yourself."
McGeady hasn't played for Everton since early 2015 but, according to Martinez at least, his latest recovery is almost complete.
Quotes sourced from Irish Times
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2 Posted 19/08/2015 at 17:55:37
3 Posted 19/08/2015 at 17:57:25
If he were fit we could off load him!
4 Posted 19/08/2015 at 18:04:20
5 Posted 19/08/2015 at 18:05:30
6 Posted 19/08/2015 at 18:11:58
7 Posted 19/08/2015 at 19:00:54
8 Posted 19/08/2015 at 19:18:15
10 Posted 19/08/2015 at 20:18:48
11 Posted 19/08/2015 at 20:25:20
12 Posted 19/08/2015 at 20:28:56
Oh wait, Kone is now rehabilitated isn't he. Until he is injured again.
13 Posted 19/08/2015 at 20:44:46
To be honest McGeady is a player I don't really consider as being a genuine option because he's always either injured or 'just coming back from injury', like Gibson or Van Der Meyde. The sooner they're not on our books the better and we can concentrate on getting players in or promoting youngsters who will actually be available to play.
14 Posted 19/08/2015 at 21:15:03
Moments of brilliance, always injured, seems like a square peg in a round hole in either the 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 line ups we use. I think we would have done better to sign Lennon.
15 Posted 19/08/2015 at 22:25:33
16 Posted 19/08/2015 at 22:30:41
Anyone hear anything?
17 Posted 19/08/2015 at 23:23:25
18 Posted 19/08/2015 at 23:30:43
19 Posted 19/08/2015 at 23:46:04
He's never taken a game by the throat or bossed it from midfield or tormented the opposition. I have seen him give quite a few tired misplaced passes, and the fact that when fit he's a squad player says it all.
I remember when he was presented to the crowd, and he was at least a stone overweight and he's never looked fit since. yes he had his difficulties in Russia where he didn't play for most of the season. But if you can't be match fit, surely the onus is for a pro footballer to keep themselves in top physical condition; they're earning enough money to employ personal trainers etc. The fact he was so out of shape I thought then we had another boozy Shandy Van D on our hands.
Please get shut.
20 Posted 20/08/2015 at 00:13:07
22 Posted 20/08/2015 at 08:06:43
23 Posted 20/08/2015 at 10:21:21
We know he's a squad player but he's certainly not useless.
24 Posted 20/08/2015 at 10:46:18
25 Posted 20/08/2015 at 11:24:57
26 Posted 20/08/2015 at 11:27:04
27 Posted 20/08/2015 at 11:31:31
28 Posted 20/08/2015 at 11:39:39
29 Posted 20/08/2015 at 12:11:22
31 Posted 20/08/2015 at 17:00:13
Dennis #2 said it all.
32 Posted 21/08/2015 at 10:43:27
I think Terry Curran started the modern trend in the early eighties when he pulled up against West Brom just after he signed a permanent deal with us. Of course the most significant one in the late eighties was Ian Snodin who never seemed to recover full fitness.
34 Posted 21/08/2015 at 21:04:37
Imre Varadi replaced him, did okay at first (pie in the face from a Kopite when he knocked them out of the Cup) but was always missing chances. We finished 15th and Gordon Lee was sacked.
Kendall Mk 1 came in and sold big Bob to Swansea where he scored 32 goals in 1981-82 whilst Kendall after wasting money on Biley and Ferguson, brought Graeme Sharp into the team and the rest is history!
Hamstrings are notoriously slow to heal. Not surprised O'Neill is frustrated as a fully fit McGeady is a fine player. Could be a while yet though and I don't know if he's ever really been 100% since we bought him.
35 Posted 22/08/2015 at 11:29:12
McGeady had a hamstring injury in early June and here we are two and a half months later and he's still crocked.
Somebody somewhere has fucked up and O'Neill is right to be frustrated.
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