James McCarthy suffers double leg break in Everton draw with West Brom

James McCarthy is stretchered off the pitch at Goodison Park

James McCarthy is stretchered off the pitch at Goodison Park

Everton midfielder James McCarthy will miss the rest of the season after suffering a double leg fracture in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The 27-year-old was taken off on a stretcher after a tackle on Albion’s Salomon Rondon in the second half.

“It’s a tibia and fibula fracture compounded. A very nasty injury,” said Everton boss Sam Allardyce.

Rondon was distraught after seeing the injury to McCarthy, who hurt himself as he prevented the forward from shooting.

Neither player was at fault in what was an accidental collision.

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy had returned from an injury lay-off at the end of December and this was only his third league game of the season.

“We had just worked hard to get him back to fitness. It’s a loss to us until the end of the season – it happens in the game of football but not often that severe,” added Allardyce.

Salomon Rondon is consoled by team-mate Jonny Evans after seeing James McCarthy's injury<!–

Salomon Rondon is consoled by team-mate Jonny Evans after seeing James McCarthy’s injury

Describing Rondon’s emotional reaction to the injury, Albion boss Alan Pardew said: “I saw his reaction straight away, he must’ve heard something, sometimes it does really affect you and it did it take us a while to get him round and focused again.

“Our thoughts go with James and we wish a speedy recovery to him.”

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