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20th Apr, 2017 | 3:43pm

Koeman issues fitness update on Everton 26-year-old ahead of West Ham clash

By Matt Bullin

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has announced today that James McCarthy will continue to miss out and will play no part in the game with West Ham on Saturday.

McCarthy has not featured in Everton’s squad for the past six Premier League matches, having last played in March’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.

The 41-time Republic of Ireland international’s season has been blighted by injury and he has made only 12 appearances in the Premier League as a result.

Koeman announced the news in his press conference, via Everton’s official Twitter account, earlier today.

The Dutchman said of McCarthy’s situation: “He is still working separate of the group. There is four weeks to go – if he reaches a good level physically to play I don’t know.

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“We will wait because it is not the first time he is out. We have to wait to see how he is recovering.”

McCarthy was a regular in the Toffees midfield last term and he played 37 league and cup games, contributing to four goals for his side.

His injury has handed youngster Tom Davies a chance to impress in the middle of the park – a chance which the 18-year-old has grabbed with both hands.

Everton will be looking for their third straight win on Saturday when they travel south to take on West Ham.

A win could move them into fifth, above Man United and Arsenal, if other results go their way.

Meanwhile West Ham, who have been on a torrid run of form, could move into the top half with a win.

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