Injury boost for Everton's James McCarthy
IN a piece of team news which will be of interest to the Ireland management, Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he expects James McCarthy to be fit for the club's weekend clash with Manchester United.
McCarthy picked up an ankle injury in last week's win over Burnley and, given recent battles between Martinez and the FAI over the fitness of Everton players, there was some mild concern about the midfielder's availability for the June matches against England and Scotland.
But while there's no good news on Darron Gibson, who is unlikely to play again this season, Martinez is upbeat on the prospects of McCarthy and Aiden McGeady.
"He has reacted very well. For the first 48 hours after a knock like that it is important to see how the ankle recovers," Martinez said of McCarthy.
"The treatment has had a positive response so I expect James to join the group later in the week.
"If he can get through the two or three sessions before the game then that will be a good sign. We need to make sure he is 100 per cent but at the moment the way the ankle has reacted is positive. Knowing James, I do feel that he is going to be available for the squad.
"It's the same for Aiden McGeady with his back problem - it looks strong. "Darron Gibson is doing well but I don't think he will be available for the rest of the season," added Martinez ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.