By Alex Taylor
Everton midfielder James McCarthy has been ruled out for up to three weeks after undergoing groin surgery, and fans have had a mixed reaction to the news on Twitter.
The injury now means the Ireland international could miss his side’s next four fixtures against Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Bournemouth, before his possible return against Crystal Palace on September 30.
The story was broken by Daily Express football reporter Paul Joyce via his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
Everton's James McCarthy out for three weeks after groin surgery
— paul joyce (@pjoyceexpress) September 8, 2016
McCarthy was recently listed as the reason Everton did not complete the signature of Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle on transfer deadline day, despite the team making a £30million bid for the forward.
Most fans tweeted get well messages, but others were quicker to point out that his performances this season haven’t been that good.
— ConsiderTheLillies (@Maria20131967) September 8, 2016
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) September 8, 2016
— Kristian (@kr12t1an_R0j) September 8, 2016
— Volkan Büyüktaş (@volkanbuyuktas) September 8, 2016
@Everton won't be missed on this seasons performances so far
— Steve Lyth (@StephenLyth) September 8, 2016
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) September 8, 2016
McCarthy has made 116 appearances for Everton since signing from Wigan in 2013.
Manager Ronald Koeman has a wealth of midfield talent at his disposal, with Gareth Barry, Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson and Ross Barkley all battling for midfield spaces.
In other Everton team news, starlet Shayne Lavery wants to emulate Seamus Coleman and become a regular senior player for the Toffees.