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Report: Everton suffer fresh injury blow to key midfielder

By Harvey Byrne

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is facing another three weeks out injured after tearing a hamstring in training, according to a report.

The Daily Mail have reported that the 25-year-old has suffered a small tear as Everton coaching staff increased his workload in training last week following his return after a hernia operation.

The midfielder has been hampered by injuries under new manager Ronald Koeman, as he looks to impress his new boss.

McCarthy initially suffered a groin strain in September, which put him out for six weeks before returning for the Republic of Ireland team against Georgia in October.

He started the clash for his country, without featuring for the Toffees since his injury, which brought a lot of criticism from Koeman.

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However, it was back with Everton where McCarthy suffered his previous injury after coming on as a substitute in the club’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City earlier in the month.

He now faces a spell of three weeks out, which will see him miss clashes against West Ham and Chelsea before heading into another international break.

McCarthy has made just four appearances under Koeman following his appointment in the summer.

He may now find it hard to find his place in the team with Everton sat in sixth place in the Premier League and the impressive performances of midfield duo Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye.

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