Bad news for Ireland as James McCarthy may need operation
James McCarthy may need an operation on his groin, Everton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed.
There has been speculation regarding the future of McCarthy at Everton with reports suggesting the Irish midfielder will be sold.
But Koeman was quick to dismiss that talk after today's 1-0 win over Stoke.
"We need to decide if it is operation, yes or no," said Koeman.
"There is more interest in players of Everton and we like to keep everybody and players like McCarthy need to stay."
Everton's victory made it seven points from a possible nine and gave them their best start to a league season in 10 years.
"Maybe it is good to take a picture of that (league table) and keep it until the end of the season," added Koeman.
"We'd like to keep it that way but we need to improve, play better.
"The defensive organisation in the team is good, three matches, two goals, and that is the way to build but a lot of things offensively we can do better.
"We are still not on the (right) level and we have seven points out of nine."