The Everton midfielder was forced to sit out both of his country's recent warm-up games against the Netherlands and Belarus because of an upper thigh/hamstring problem sustained in the Blues' final Premier League game of the season against Norwich but he has been eased back into full training this week.
With another 10 days in which to get himself completely ready, the 26-year-old sees no reason why he shouldn't be in the line-up to face the Swedes.
"I should be fine," McCarthy said. "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."
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1 Posted 03/06/2016 at 18:53:09
2 Posted 03/06/2016 at 20:49:24
In a way, he reminds me of Ross: they don't appear to be the intelligent, studious types, and too much of RM's complicated philosophy may have hindered their natural abilities, so maybe we could see the best of both of them again next season
3 Posted 03/06/2016 at 22:20:29
4 Posted 03/06/2016 at 22:29:08
5 Posted 03/06/2016 at 22:46:34
The goal in the last home game really made me open my eyes, how much has he been inhibited in his play by his boss, and now, I look at Ross and wonder the same. There are detractors of our other superstar in the making, and I have started wondering if he does what he is being told, not what works for him.
What the heck was Jimmy doing running forward, shooting from distance, his former Boss would be going mad??!
6 Posted 04/06/2016 at 00:41:32
I was a big fan of McCarthy's in his first season, but last season he seemed to stagnate, he needs a manager to demand more from him. He needs to add goals and assists to his game, not just run around like a headless chicken.
Heres to hoping he can kick on.
7 Posted 04/06/2016 at 01:49:35
8 Posted 04/06/2016 at 05:01:37
Further reflection on the simply disgraceful mismanagement of Roberto and his cronies shows how when players are coached badly / coached correctly that their performances can swing from one extreme to the other.
The term simply disgraceful mismanagement really does sum Roberto up for me. The damage he has done to players and the dismay he n has brought to thousands and he gets a 4 million pay off. Incredible.
9 Posted 04/06/2016 at 08:31:03
I had the pleasure, and privilege, of watching him live (on the telly) in his pomp and prime and there will never be any one like him ever again. Sleep well big man.
10 Posted 04/06/2016 at 08:38:18
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12 Posted 04/06/2016 at 15:42:48
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