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30th Dec, 2016 | 3:23pm

Everton will miss this 26-year-old for clash against Hull

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Everton will miss James McCarthy for their clash against Hull on Friday evening because he brings strength into the side.

The 26-year-old is known for his roughness and tough tackling and he would have been a great asset for Ronald Koeman’s side when they visit the KCOM stadium to play Hull.

McCarthy is relentless in midfield and he isn’t afraid to get stuck in so against the strong figures of Tom Huddlestone and Robert Snodgrass, he would have been more than a match.

The Irishman has not featured since the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park earlier this month and he is expected to remain absent for at least another two weeks.

According to the Liverpool Echo, McCarthy may not return until mid-way through January due to a recurring hamstring injury.

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Prior to picking up the injury, the midfielder had started three successive Premier League games despite only notching up just eight appearances in total throughout the 2016-17 campaign.

He struggled to get into the first team at the start of the season but more recent performances against Swansea and Arsenal particularly highlighted his strengths in midfield.

McCarthy would have been an ideal starter in the centre, alongside Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye, because he would have continued to hassle the opposition and win back possession for his team.

He may not be a matchwinner but he’s an engine in the side that gives more than he is credited for and he will certainly be missed.

In other Everton news, this is the best possible XI to face Hull.