McCarthy appeared to be making good progress with a hamstring injury and was called up for international duty earlier this month where he completed almost two full matches.
Since then, however, Everton’s fitness staff have assessed the midfielder and he now faces surgery after tearing his hamstring which has no doubt left Koeman even more furious than he was when McCarthy first returned.
“When James came back from Ireland, the message from Everton’s medical staff was that he was massively overloaded,” Koeman said when McCarthy returned from international duty.
“It’s ridiculous that he has surgery, five to six weeks out, three training sessions, plays 90 minutes and then, after three days, he plays another 80 minutes.
“Play him for 45 minutes, 60 minutes, but not 95 minutes after five to six weeks out. The second time, 80 minutes! You are killing the player.
“Ireland know what I think about it. I hope for more protection for players in the future.”
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