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McCarthy:I'm gutted for Gibbo

JAMES McCARTHY is keen to seeIreland team-mate Darron Gibson get back to full fitness following his knee injury.

Gibson's injury, picked up on international duty against Kazakhstan last week, has reduced the competition for places in the Everton side, but McCarthy says he's not hoping to profit from Gibson's absence.

"I've not looked at it that way," he said. "I'm gutted for Gibbo because it's one of those freak injuries that you never want to see happen to anyone.

"The main thing now is that I keep working hard and try to get in the team as much as I can. It's not about Darron getting injured and me going in there. I'm gutted for him and we have to keep his spirits up so he can bounce back as soon as he can."

Meanwhile, former Dundalk man Ben McLaughlin impressed for Everton's U21s last night in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.


JAMES McCLEAN says he's been left "baffled" by the decision to send him off during Wigan's defeat against Blackpool last Saturday.

The former Derry City man saw red for the first time in his career, even though McClean appeared to be the innocent party in a clash with Blackpool's Gary MacKenzie, and he hopes to avoid a suspension if an appeal is successful.

"To be honest, I'm still baffled as to how I was the one to get sent off after getting stamped on," McClean said

"The official has said I've kicked out on the ground, which is comical to be honest because it never happened and he was only five yards away."