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Everton midfielder with just two goals in the past year suffers injury set-back

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has suffered a set-back on his road to injury recovery, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Liverpool Echo report that McCarthy has suffered a hamstring tear that is set to rule him out of contention for a number of weeks.

This comes after he sustained a groin injury in August for which he needed surgery. His return to fitness after recovering from that has been brief.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is quoted by the Liverpool Echo bemoaning Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill’s decision to play McCarthy for a combined 175 minutes during his country’s World Cup qualifiers earlier this month. Koeman accused O’Neill of “killing the player” as he had just spent several weeks out injured.

For all of McCarthy’s quality in the midfield for Everton, he has scored just two goals in the past 12 months for club and country. His goal contribution, or rather lack there of, will be no loss for The Toffee’s.

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