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Everton will decide on Sunday whether Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy needs groin surgery.
McCarthy was substituted midway through Everton's 4-0 EFL Cup over Yeovil on Tuesday, and missed the Toffees' 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday, with manager Ronald Koeman confirming after the match that the Glasgow-born midfielder could require a groin operation.
"James McCarthy has a groin problem and we will decide tomorrow whether he needs an operation," the Dutchman said after the win over Stoke.
McCarthy looks set to miss the Republic of Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade on 5 September, and could also be sidelined for the home match against Georgia and the trip to Moldova in October if he undergoes surgery.
The 25-year-old also reportedly informed Everton officials on Friday that he wants to leave the club, having fallen behind Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley and Idrissa Gueye in the midfield pecking order, but Koeman insists he remains part of his first-team plans.
McCarthy played in the right wing-back position in Everton's two opening Premier League games against Tottenham and West Brom, but lasted only 38 minutes against the Baggies before being substituted.
Asked if he will let McCarthy leave in this transfer window, Koeman replied: “No.
"There is more interest in players of Everton and we like to keep everybody and players like McCarthy need to stay."
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