In his press conference today, Everton manager Sam Allardyce has provided an injury update on Irish internationals Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy.
Coleman returned from a double leg break against Leicester in late January but suffered a muscle problem against Crystal Palace three weeks ago which has kept him out of the Everton squad until now. Allardyce confirmed that the Killybegs man will be available for selection in their tie with Burnley on Saturday.
The prognosis is not as cheery for James McCarthy was involved in a challenge with West Brom striker Salomon Rondon in January where the midfielder also suffered a double leg fracture. Allardyce has confirmed that McCarthy will be out until nest season but refused to put a date on the former Wigan player's return:
It will be next season for James. It's a long process because of the compound fracture and the bones came through the socks. The wounds haven't healed correctly yet but he is walking unaided at the moment, so that's a good sign. He will start a long rehab, as did Seamus Coleman who had a similar injury.
I would never put a date on a thing like that [injury] even though physios and doctors do it.I don't think you should ever put a time on anybody's injury because each individual has a different healing process. Some will heal quicker than others.
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The Toffees face Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow at 12:30 and are currently 9th in the table and have only won two of their last ten games.