Sport James McCarthy resumes training with Everton

18:05  14 september  2018
18:05  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Midfielder James McCarthy participated in Everton training as he continues to step up his recovery following his horrendous injury in January, according to The Times journalist Paul Joyce.

McCarthy suffered a double leg break on 20th January at Goodison Park as Everton took on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

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The injury occurred when the midfielder was challenging for the ball with striker Salomon Rondon and he was stretchered off after a lengthy delay in play.

The 27-year-old is now nearing a return to action and took part in training at Finch Farm.

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McCarthy is following a similar schedule to the one that was used by teammate Seamus Coleman, who also suffered a double leg break back in 2017 whilst on international duty.

Earlier in the year, McCarthy posted images on social media showing him back with a football at the training ground but he has now rejoined the group of players.

Everton will not want to rush Irishman back into action and will closely monitor his fitness before selecting him back into the first team squad.

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Keane believes squad competition will raise performance levels .
Everton defender Michael Keane believes strong competition for places among the squad will help to raise performance levels, as reported by the club’s official website. Keane, who has been out of action since suffering a hairline skull fracture against Bournemouth on August 25, has resumed training ahead of a return, but could face strong competition in attempting to regain his first-team place. Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma made his full debut for the Toffees in place of the injured Keane, while Mason Holgate has also impressed in his early season outings. Yerry Mina is also likely to come into Everton line-up shortly, with the £27.5million summer signing back in training, having been carrying a slight injury upon signing from Barcelona in August. However Keane believes that the strong competition will only strengthen the Blues this season. Talking to evertontv, Keane said: “Competition is good and it is needed in every position. I think it continually pushes you – you know you cannot relax and it might make you subconsciously work that bit harder in training every day.” “You are always unsure about your place but it puts pressure on you to play well in every game and that brings out the best in us.” “We have a lot of very good centre-backs and we all want to play, which is healthy for Everton.

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