James McCarthy suffered a devastating double leg break during Everton's 1-1 draw with West Brom at Goodison today which will see him out of action well in to next season.
West Brom boss, Alan Pardew spoke about the impact the incident had on his player, Salomon Rondon who was the other player involved in the coming together. Pardew said that everyone on the pitch was affected by the injury - but particularly Rondon who was in tears as McCarthy was taken off the field.
Salomon was traumatised. He heard the break..... that affected him because he is that kind of person. I wasn't sure he was going to carry on, but he got himself together and fair play to him, he was definitely the best player on the pitch today.
The Merseyside club have confirmed the suspicion that McCarthy has suffered a double leg break, an injury that has a usual lay off time of 9 to 10 months. Everton boss, Sam Allardyce described it as an 'awful injury'.
I think it's a compounded fracture which is a nasty injury, so we'll need to get James back to fitness. It’s a loss to us from now until the end of the season, it happens in the game of football but not often that severe. It was our own fault and our own stupid play in that area, James recovered brilliantly to stop a goal but suffered because of it.
Glasgow-born Irish international, McCarthy was consoled by his club and country teammate, Seamus Coleman, who was seen leaving his seat in the director's box after the injury occurred.
Coleman himself is finally nearing a return to action after he suffered a similarly awful injury, a broken leg which happened during Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Wales at the Aviva stadium back in March of last year.