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Sad scenes as Ireland's James McCarthy stretchered off with double leg fracture

The midfielder was playing in the Premier League clash between Everton and West Brom today.

James McCarthy pictured as he is stretchered off during today's game.
James McCarthy pictured as he is stretchered off during today's game.
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Updated at 17.30

THERE WERE SAD scenes at Goodison Park today as Ireland international James McCarthy was stretchered off during the Everton-West Brom Premier League match.

Toffees manager Sam Allardyce confirmed after the game that the player suffered a double leg fracture — an injury that typically takes roughly a year to recover from.

The midfielder nicked the ball off West Brom star Salomón Rondón, who was about to shoot but caught McCarthy with the follow through.

The incident left Rondon in tears with Everton at the time tweeting that McCarthy was “stretchered off with what looks like a broken leg”.

It is the latest blow for McCarthy, who has had a dreadful time with injuries of late. The 27-year-old only made his first Premier League start of the season against Bournemouth on 30 December, having recovered from a long-term setback.

According to reporters at the ground, a watching Seamus Coleman — who himself is in the process of recovering from a broken leg suffered during the Ireland-Wales Euro 2016 qualifier last March — left his seat after the incident possibly to check on the welfare of his club and international team-mate.

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