Everton 26-year-old ruled out of clash v Lyon - confirmed
By Danny Wright
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that James McCarthy will take no part in Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Lyon, but could return to action against Arsenal on Sunday.
McCarthy, 26, is yet to feature for the Toffees this season but was called up to international duty with the Republic of Ireland by manager Martin O’Neill despite him making a recovery from a serious knee injury.
The midfielder has not pulled on the Everton shirt in a competitive fixture since early March when he made a brief appearance against Tottenham.
However the signs are now looking good for McCarthy to force his way back into the senior squad this weekend, although Thursday’s meeting with Lyon at Goodison Park has come too early.
“McCarthy won’t be involved (v Lyon). Sunday a possibility,” said Koeman, as quoted on Everton’s official Twitter account on Wednesday in his pre-match press conference.
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The Blues boss also added that Jonjoe Kenny had returned to training after suffering a minor setback from international duty.
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McCarthy made just 13 appearances across all competitions for Everton last season, scoring one goal in the process as he struggled with injuries.
It may seem likely that Koeman will want him back into the fold as soon as possible with his side suffering such a poor run of form in the opening months of the campaign.
Sunday’s clash with Arsenal will no doubt be a big test for the Toffees and McCarthy, should the ex-Wigan ace make his return to full fitness.
In other Everton news, Michael Ball has highlighted the importance of this missing duo.