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Fuming Koeman blames O’Neill AND McCarthy for the player’s new injury

Date Posted,March 29, 2017

Furious Ronald Koeman has accused Martin O’Neill AND James McCarthy of defying medical advice from club AND country ahead of the Everton midfielder’s latest injury.

Blues manager Koeman is livid after Ireland counterpart O’Neill decided McCarthy was fit to face Wales in last Friday’s World Cup qualifier, only for the player to be withdrawn after feeling a hamstring problem in the warm-up.

The 26-year-old is now expected to be out for a lengthy spell.

And with Everton playing away to Liverpool and Manchester United in the space of four days in the next week, Koeman could barely contain his anger at the decision of O’Neill and McCarthy.

“It was a final decision against the [judgement of the] medical staff of Ireland and also the medical staff of Everton” (Photo: PA Wire)

He said: “It was a final decision against the [judgement of the] medical staff of Ireland and also against the medical staff of Everton.

“And there are two people responsible for that.

“One is the player by himself. Finally, if he says, ‘Yes. I’m fit’, okay, but even the player needs protection from the manager and, once again, they didn’t give that protection to the player.”

O’Neill and Koeman have been at loggerheads for a while over the treatment of McCarthy.

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