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McCarthy injury is a big blow: Allardyce

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By Carl Markham

Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits it is a huge blow to lose midfielder James McCarthy until next season after the midfielder sustained a double-fracture of his leg in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Just before the hour, McCarthy, who will undergo surgery today, was carried off on a stretcher after nicking the ball off Salomon Rondon in the act of shooting and the Venezuelan’s follow-through connected

with the midfielder’s lower right leg.

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 a serious double fracture of the leg himself, was seen leaving his seat in the directors’ box apparently to be with his Republic of Ireland team-mate.

“His tibia and fibula have been broken from his really brave efforts to stop West Brom with a possible scoring opportunity. He’s paid a heavy price for his commitment there,” said Allardyce.

“Obviously it’s a big blow for him and us because he’s had so many games missed recently with not-so-serious injuries that we thought we had overcome, and certainly had overcome them over the last few weeks.

“Now this is one serious injury which we know will keep him out until next season at some stage, that’s a big blow.”

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