Sunday 22 July 2018

Ireland's James McCarthy suffers horrific double leg break that left opponent in tears

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Everton's James McCarthy reacts after sustaining an injury in a challenge with West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon
Everton's James McCarthy reacts after sustaining an injury in a challenge with West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy is facing a very lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horrific leg injury.

The Everton midfielder bravely denied |West Brom striker Salomon Rondon a goalscoring chance with a well-timed challenge but it was immediately clear that the Glasgow-born player had injured himself badly in the process.

Medics rushed onto the field to treat McCarthy, with Rondon in tears having seen the after-effects close up and Seamus Coleman, only just recovered from his own serious double leg fracture, was seen leaving his seat in the directors' box, apparently to be with his Republic of Ireland team-mate.

The 27-year-old has been dogged by injuries in recent seasons.

The Merseyside club have confirmed that McCarthy suffered a double leg fracture. The typical recovery time for an injury of this nature is 9-10 months.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has described James McCarthy's double leg break as an "awful injury".

"I think it's a compounded fracture which is a nasty injury, so we'll need to get James back to fitness. It’s a loss to us from now until the end of the season, it happens in the game of football but not often that severe," he said.

"It was our own fault and our own stupid play in that area, James recovered brilliantly to stop a goal but suffered because of it."

West Brom manager Alan Pardew said everyone on the pitch was affected by the injury to McCarthy - particularly Rondon.

"Salomon was traumatised," said Pardew. "He heard the break..... that affected him because he is that kind of person.

"I wasn't sure he was going to carry on, but he got himself together and fair play to him, he was definitely the best player on the pitch today."

Read more: Salomon Rondon sends classy message to James McCarthy after the Irishman's double leg break

McCarthy's Everton teammate Seamus Coleman is nearing a return to action after he suffered a broken leg in Ireland's clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium last year.

Today's game at Goodison Park ended 1-1.

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Everton's James McCarthy after sustaining an injury in a challenge with West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon
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Everton's James McCarthy after sustaining an injury in a challenge with West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon
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Everton's James McCarthy (left) gets injured after attempting to block a shot from West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon during the Premier League match at Goodison Park
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West Bromwich Albion's Kieran Gibbs consoles Salomon Rondon after his challenge led to an injury to Everton's James McCarthy

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