James McCarthy 'ready' to return after 11 months according to Everton manager Silva

Thu, Dec 27 2018

McCarthy hasn’t played a game for his country in more than two years, when he played 90 minutes in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Moldova on October 9th, 2016. Credit: Extratime Team

Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy is ‘ready’ to return to action according to his club manager, Marco Silva.

The Everton midfielder hasn’t in a senior game for 11 months after suffering a devastating double leg-break in a challenge with West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon in January.

He made his return to action with the Toffee’s under-23 side, in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, in October but the final step to senior competitive action has had to wait until now.

However Silva confirmed in Thursday’s press conference that the Glasgow-born midfielder is ready to return to action if selected to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

“[McCarthy] is training with the team,” Silva told reporters at Goodison Park.

“He is ready if I take the decision for him to play,” said the manager, who also hopes to have Ademola Lookman back to full fitness.

McCarthy hasn’t played a game for his country in more than two years, when he played 90 minutes in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Moldova on October 9th, 2016.