Update 6.44pm: 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 has been plagued with various injuries, 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.
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“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.
Asked how soon the player would have his operation he added: “When we do it will depend on the specialist surgeon.
“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.”
Update 5.25pm: James McCarthy suffers double leg fracture, Everton confirms
Everton have confirmed that Ireland midfielder has suffered a double leg fracture.
The injury occurred after McCarthy went in for a tackle and was caught by West Brom’s Salomon Rondon.
Update 5.05pm: James McCarthy suffers apparent broken leg.
Ireland and Everton midfielder James McCarthy appeared to suffer a serious injury thought to be a leg break during the match against West Brom.
The midfielder was caught by Salomon Rondon during the second half at Goodison Park. Rondon was left in tears after seeing McCarthy in agony and spoke to him before he left the pitch.
TV directors opted not to show replays of the injury.
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McCarthy was stretchered off the pitch and early reports suggest that he has suffered a broken leg.
The Irish international has struggled with hamstring injuries over the past 18 months.
Seamus Coleman was seen leaving the stands to check on his teammate.
The match played on and finished in a 1-all draw.