Sam Allardyce is hopeful Blues midfielder James McCarthy could take part in pre-season training this summer.
While Allardyce emphasised that the Club’s medical staff will have the final say on when McCarthy returns to training from a broken leg, the boss said that “with a bit of luck” the combative midfielder will be able to take part in Everton’s preparations for the new campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international suffered a double leg break in Everton’s 1-1 draw with West Brom at Goodison Park on 20 January after a brave challenge to deny Salomon Rondon a goalscoring opportunity. It was a cruel blow for the 27-year-old who had only recently returned to the first-team reckoning after a hamstring injury and had impressed with a series of energetic displays in midfield.
But McCarthy returned to USM Finch Farm this week to continue his rehabilitation, and Allardyce is hopeful he could be back in the summer.
“It is down to the specialist and them saying if and when James can start moving forward,” Allardyce told evertonfc.com. “The specialist will guide us on how far we can go and with a bit of luck we can look forward to James starting the next pre-season with us.
“He has had some time back at home. He will probably rejoin us in the next few days on a regular basis to start getting some mobility into his ankle, particularly because it has been in a set position for such a long time."
McCarthy has made 132 appearances for the Blues since signing from Wigan Athletic on transfer deadline day in summer 2013.
His all-action performances for the Toffees saw him rewarded with a new five-year contract in 2015.