Everton midfielder James McCarthy has been no stranger to injuries throughout his career, but at the weekend, he suffered one that will result in a long road back to recovery.
The 27-year-old broke his leg in two places during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The blow came during an accidental collision between himself and Salomon Rondon, who inflicted the damage while trying to prevent McCarthy from shooting.
The Republic of Ireland international will now miss the rest of the season as he slowly works his way back to full fitness.
There is almost nothing worse for a footballer than suffering such a severe injury, particularly in this modern age when it is that much more difficult to fight for places in a top-flight team.
Understandably, plenty of players reached out to McCarthy to lend their support via tweets and posts on social media.
One message in particular stood out, and it was from the midfielder’s former Everton teammate Gerard Deulofeu, who left Goodison in the summer to return to Barcelona.
Get well soon James my friend.. ?❤️ All the best !!! pic.twitter.com/qa6f1MoF3C
— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) January 20, 2018
Since moving back to Camp Nou, the forward has made 13 appearances in all competitions, and one of those outings was a nine-minute cameo in the club’s 5-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.