James McCarthy s facing more frustration at Everton as his club boss has told the Ireland midfielder that he simply has to wait for an opportunity in the team.
McCarthy has not played for club or country since he suffered a broken leg while on Premier League duty for the Toffees 15 months ago.
He had made progress in his rehab and was fit enough to rejoin the first team squad for training, but he has not been able to get any minutes under his belt in Marco Silva's team.
That lack of action cost the player as place in the Ireland squad as, while he was named in the provisional squad by Mick McCarthy for the Euro 2020 double header against Gibraltar and Georgia, manager McCarthy said he was unable to call his namesake into the panel due to his lack of game time.
Silva has confirmed that McCarthy is fit but he is just not able to get into the side right now. "James expects to play more games before the end of the season and if I was in his position I would think in the same way but it is up to me to decide the best XI for each match," Silva said.
""But about him as a professional, about him if he is fit or not, it is always 100% with James and he is 100% fit."
Meanwhile, Alan Judge says he sought the advice of Ireland boss McCarthy before he signed a long-term deal with an Ipswich side who will be in League One next season, McCarthy assuring Judge that he would stay in his plans even if, as expected, the club who are currently bottom of the Championship are relegated.
"It was in my mind, I would be lying if I said otherwise. I think that speaks for the way Mick is," Judge says of his concerns about losing his place in the Irish squad.
"I did speak to him. He said it would be no problem and that as long as I keep performing then I'm in the shop window for him. He said he'd been picking players from League One this year and knows what I'm like as a player. That made it easy once he gave the go-ahead."