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James McCarthy made a major impact in the middle of the Everton midfield over the last five years and after breaking his leg a little under nine months ago, it appears he is close to a return to the Toffees.
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Everton midfielder James McCarthy is set to return to training at the end of the month after suffering a broken leg early this year. The Republic of Ireland international sustained a double compound fracture of his right leg in a challenge with Salomon Rondon during the 1-1 draw with West Brom at Goodison Park on January 20. McCarthy has been rehabilitating since undergoing an operation a few days after the injury, but will be gradually integrated into the first-team set-up later this month. "He is progressing well," Everton manager Marco Silva told the Liverpool Echo. "We expect in the next weeks to start, slow-by-slow and step-by-step, working with the team." McCarthy has made over 100 appearances for Everton since joining them from Wigan in 2013 for £13m. ...
Over the last three transfer windows, Everton has been in the news with some of the more intriguing moves to acquire new talent. The likes of Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Cenk Tosun, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurðsson have come in as the Chairman Bill Kenwright tries to find some stability in the ever-changing Premier League.
During his first three seasons at Everton, McCarthy appeared in at least 28 Premier League matches per season during his first three campaigns. Over the last two seasons though, the Irishman has played just 16 in the league, including the West Bromwich Albion match on Jan. 20 where he broke his leg. With all the changes and the long-term injury, McCarthy may be out of the first-team picture.
There is no way to tell if McCarthy will see any first-team action this season after just four Premier League appearances last season. The 27-year-old may have a tough time getting back into a central midfield that includes Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye. We will find out pretty soon if Marco Silva has the Irishman in his plans.