Everton manager Roberto Martinez hopes James McCarthy is fit for Saturday’s Merseyside Derby

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is hoping midfielder James McCarthy has recovered from his hamstring injury in time to play in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, reports Sky Sports.

Reports suggests the former Wigan Athletic midfielder had suffered a setback in his recovery, meaning he would be out of action for longer than anticipated, but Martinez has said otherwise. Everton have a crucial clash to come against Liverpool on the weekend, and given their poor form of late cannot afford to lose key players.

The Toffees boss is adamant that McCarthy has had a routine scan to ensure he’s available to play on Saturday, with the results suggesting he’s “perfectly healed”. McCarthy has only played twice since November for Everton, but Martinez has denied there are any long-term issues with the midfielder.

“No, he hasn’t suffered a setback. He is fully recovered and the scan showed he is perfectly healed. It’s just a matter of adapting him into the match intensity, and I expect James to be available for the squad at the weekend, so it is terrific news in that respect,” said Martinez.

Everton are currently 12th in the Premier League table after 23 games, while picking up their first win in seven against Crystal Palace last weekend.

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