Roy Keane aims subtle dig at Everton as club and country row rumbles on
By Danny Wright
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has suggested that Everton are the ones who need to be held accountable with James McCarthy suffering a large amount of injuries lately.
McCarthy, 26, was called up to international duty by Martin O’Neill despite not playing once for the Toffees this season due to a serious knee injury.
It is the latest development in a public row between Everton boss Ronald Koeman and the Irish set-up after he accused them of being at fault for aggravating a number of injuries to the midfielder in the past.
However former Manchester United captain Keane has aimed a subtle dig at the Merseyside club, hinting that they themselves need to take a look at what they’re doing when handling McCarthy.
“To be fair, the medical staff are overseeing all of it and they’re in contact with Everton and all their scientists. I think they’ve more scientists involved now than there needs to be,” said Keane, as quoted by TalkSport.
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“James has done a little bit with us yesterday, a little bit today, he’ll probably do a little bit tomorrow, probably a little bit on Thursday, maybe a little bit on Friday, probably a little bit on Saturday, maybe a little bit next Sunday and maybe a little bit next Monday.
“Then he can go back to Everton and we’ll see how their scientists deal with it because he seems to be picking up a number of injuries at Everton.
“I said it the last time, I always think clubs, as much as they look at what we’re doing, they certainly have to have a look at what they’re doing themselves.”
McCarthy barely kicked a ball for the Toffees last season as he suffered with a number of different injury problems that were believed to be aggravated while on international duty.
The 41-times Republic of Ireland international made just 13 appearances across all competitions last term and has not played in any competitions for Everton since the start of March.
Ireland face Moldova and Wales over the next week as they look to secure qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.