Everton manager Ronald Koeman is not best pleased with his midfielder James McCarthy after he aggravated a hamstring injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, reports The Telegraph.
Despite missing Everton’s last two games with a hamstring problem, McCarthy declared himself fit for the recent international matches.
Unfortunately for the midfielder, his injury flared up and was forced out of The Green Army’s lineup minutes before Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Wales, which ended in a goalless draw.
Everton do not have the best relationship with the Irish coaching staff due to similar issues in the past, but now The Telegraph claims that Koeman is unhappy with McCarthy’s decision-making.
Well, injury problems have restricted the midfielder to just seven Premier League starts and five appearances off the bench.
In fact, McCarthy has played a full 90 minutes on just two occasions this season, so he may not be a huge miss if moved on.
In January, Daily Mail reported that Newcastle United had a £16m bid rejected by the Toffees, but there is no indication as yet that the Magpies will try to sign him at the end of the season.
Due to his constant injury problems, it is difficult to rely on McCarthy, particularly when there are other injuries hampering the midfield.
The Irishman joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in 2013, and it may be time for both parties to say their goodbyes.